Cricket South Africa (CSA) has postponed the Mzansi Super League (MSL) to November – December 2021. Financial difficulties faced by CSA due to various national and international logistical reasons caused by the pandemic has forced the board to make this decision.
CSA is currently in turmoil as the South African government took control of the Cricket board. Moreover, sponsors have pulled out from the event, citing the financial uncertainty in the market.
Meanwhile, CSA is all set to stage a single-round domestic T20 competition early next year in a bid to give players opportunities to showcase their talent.
Ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup, the domestic competition will act as a perfect platform for players to make a case for a call up from the national team. The tournament will give players ample time to prepare and stadiums the chance to recover financially by welcoming fans back to support their favorite domestic players.
Along with financial constraints, the restriction over cross border travel will also impact broadcasting revenue since foreign players will not be able to take part in the tournament this year.
Keeping the next year’s schedule in mind as well as the presence of players in the league, CSA decided to conduct the league at the end of 2021.