CSA to take a call on Mzansi Super League by mid-August

CSA to take a call on Mzansi Super League by mid-August

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday announced that the governing council would take a final call on the fate of the Mzansi Super League by the mid of August. The third edition of the Mzansi Super League was slated to be played at the end of this year between the November-December window. 

However, the CSA also hinted on postponing the league in order to accommodate some international fixtures in South Africa during the upcoming season. 

Various factors would be taken into consideration while taking a call on the MSL this year and why would the league be pushed to 2021. CSA isn’t sure if International travelling would be allowed in the country then or not and also that the spectators will be allowed in the stadium or not. 

“There is still a lot of uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic and we need to be careful before we announce that something will happen and then we may have to postpone it,” CSA’s acting CEO Dr Jacques Faul told ESPNcricinfo.

“To host the MSL, we probably need international travel to be permitted. And we can’t start looking for a sponsor or trying to secure a broadcaster until we know when we will be hosting it,” he added.

Only a few internationally recognized players play in the MSL like Chris Gayle, Alex Hales and Wahab Riaz and their participation would also depend on their respective countries’ protocols.

Going ahead without such big names could reduce the profits of the league. So all of these factors will be determined before taking the final call on the league’s fate by the mid part of the month.