Global T20 shaping up but still no TV deal
Local cricket bosses excited despite teething problems
The pieces are falling slowly into place but arguably the biggest component that will determine the success of the Global T20 is yet to be determined.
Cricket SA (CSA) are still in negotiations with broadcasters for the rights to the tournament they hope will break the benchmark for sport on these shores.
The Premier Soccer League in 2007 concluded a R1.6-billion deal over five years with SuperSport, which was followed by an agreement for R2-billion in 2013.
Possibly the biggest broadcast deal
The Global T20 will have an international reach and there is the expectation a record broadcast deal is in the making.In 2008 the Indian Premier League (IPL) signed a 10-year rights deal worth $1.026-billion (R13.22-billion) with Sony Entertainment Television2.
CSA are mum about where they're at in their negotiations. "We are still in discussions," said CSA media head Altaaf Kazi. "A couple of things need to be sorted out."
Local franchise bosses excited
Naturally, with the whiff of US dollars in the air local cricket bosses are keen to get the ball rolling.
"South African cricket needs this," said one franchise boss who did not want to be named. "What has become of domestic competitions? They're going nowhere. We lose R250,000 to R300,000 for hosting some one-day games."
He acknowledged that teething problems would arise in organising an event of this scale in such a short time.
"The broadcast deal hasn't been concluded. Also not enough information flowed when it was supposed to. It's better now.