Parliament considers issuing gag order against Cricket South Africa over T20 talks

Parliament considers issuing gag order against Cricket South Africa over T20 talks

- Cricket South Africa (CSA) might face a complete media blackout imposed by Parliament regarding any future T20 Global League announcements

- Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa is reportedly thinking about issuing a gag order against any announcements about the proposed T20 tournament until after Parliament has approved CSA’s plans

- CSA has struggled to get the proposed tournament off the ground for more than a year

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) might be hit with a complete media blackout imposed by Parliament regarding any future announcements about the proposed T20 Global League. Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa is reportedly thinking about issuing a gag order against any announcements about the proposed T20 tournament until after Parliament has approved CSA’s plans.

This comes as CSA faces yet more problems in getting its troubled T20 tournament off the ground. These troubles led to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee for Sport and Recreation raising concerns that further financial losses could be on the cards.

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Deputy shadow minister of sports and recreation Darren Bergman requested the gag order from Xasa to allow the committee to go over all of CSA’s plans before they are approved in order to prevent further financial losses.

Briefly.co.za gathered that CSA’s proposed T20 Global League tournament was postponed from its original start date of December 2017 to November 2018. The tournament has also been reduced from eight teams to just six teams.

CSA suffered another blow to its hopes of launching the tournament after SuperSport announced it was withdrawing from the project. SuperSport was slated to not only serve as the broadcaster for the tournament but was also a major equity partner for the project.

Sacricketmag.com reported that Bergman said she was generally against the idea of politics and sports mixing but in this case felt that Parliament needed to act in order to prevent further financial and reputational losses by CSA, sponsors and even players.

SuperSport said that while it had withdrawn from the equity deal it was still in negotiations to be the exclusive broadcaster for the tournament.

IOL.co.za reported that CSA has lost in the region of R200 million through the postponement of the tournament and has suffered serious reputational damage in the process.

Legal challenges by owners of the franchises of the proposed tournament are likely to push CSA’s losses much higher.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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