Karachi: The third edition of Mzansi Super League (MSL) has been postponed until November-December 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Monday.
According to CSA, various national and international logistical problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were the reasons behind the cancellation of league’s third edition.
“As the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in India from October to November 2021, we understand the importance of providing domestic cricketers the opportunity to impress for selection. Therefore, in lieu of the MSL T20, CSA will stage a single-round domestic franchise T20 competition early next year. This will give players ample time to prepare and stadiums the chance to recover financially by welcoming fans back to support their favourite domestic players,” CSA’s acting CEO Kugandrie Govender said in a statement.
“It is unfortunate but unavoidable that we have had to take this decision but maintaining the high quality of cricket that we have seen in the first two editions of the MSL is a non-negotiable for CSA. The fact that we would have to play in empty grounds was another consideration, not only financially but also for player morale and team spirit, which links to fan support. The atmosphere and encouragement our fans have brought to first two editions have been significant and contributed incredibly to MSL’s success. We would not want to lose out on that or the opportunity to position the league as an important way to attract new fans to the game. We look forward to returning to business as usual next season,” Govender concludes.