Town - The messy aftermath of the failed T20
Global League refuses to disappear, with the owners of
City Blazers launching another attack in Cricket South Africa's (CSA) direction.
The tournament was due to be launched
late last year, but it was cancelled at the last hour when the CSA board pulled
the plug amidst financial concerns and the absence of a broadcast deal.
The eight owners, who had
invested heavily to be a part of the tournament, were placed on stand-by as CSA
went about figuring out the future of the tournament.
Now, over 9 months later, CSA has
announced plans to partner with SuperSport and launch a new-look, six-franchise
The original owners, however, do
not know where they stand while CSA CEO Thabang Moroe has been looking to meet
with as many of them as possible.
The latest statement from Sushil
Kumar, the chairman of City Sports Limited, is a scathing one.
City Blazers statement:
"We at City Sports
have a wonderful relationship with the FSCU officials in Bloemfontein as well as
the Consulate of South Africa in Hong Kong. We had a number of plans as a
Bloemfontein franchise with regard to development at the grass roots and
schools, investments in upgrading facilities in schools etc. As of now our
position vis-a-vis CSA and private ownership is in a limbo. Some of the owners
want to go legal and claim damages and compensation. We are still contemplating
our future course of action. There is a general feeling of the owners being
taken for a ride...including us. I can assure our second home Bloemfontein that
City Sports will continue and explore ways to work with the FSCU officials for
With regard to the meeting
in Bombay, a couple of questions to CSA had no satisfactory answers:
1. When there were three
separate proposals to take over the league and run the same, which would have
been a win-win, why were they not considered?
2. SuperSport was the
reason for the league to be postponed in the first place. What prompted CSA to
sleep with the same enemy and part with a stake of 49%?
3. Lastly, we have
information from the Govt point of view that no details of the financial deal
with SuperSport is available. There is a lack of transparency there."
The statement then accused CSA
and SuperSport had ignored government's wishes to attract foreign investment
into the competition.
"Finally, CSA promised
that they will get back to the Board and seek their approval to offer a first
right of refusal to existing owners in case they decide to privatise the
league. The decision of the board will be conveyed to the owners within ten
days," it concluded.