Aakash Saini ∙ Sep 14 2022, 7:40 PM

CSA struggling to attract sponsors despite looming domestic season

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South Africa’s domestic season is set to kick off with its Division 2, Provincial T20 Knockout competition on September 30. Notably, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is still struggling to attract sponsors for their domestic tournaments, thus indicating the economic impact on country’s cricket due to the pandemic.

CSA announces domestic schedule despite sponsorship struggles

The South African cricket team, under Dean Elgar, recently played a three-match high profile Test series in England. It is worth noting that the Proteas played the series without any corporate sponsors. The CSA is already trying to resolve the issue before the team plays its subsequent set of Test matches in Australia later this year.

Amidst the sponsorship struggles, the cricket board has unveiled its schedule for all their domestic fixtures of the 2022-23 season. As per the official reveal, the season will feature 249 matches across all formats in both, men and women categories.

Enoch Nkwe, CSA Director of Cricket, said:

“CSA strives to be the best in the world with homegrown talent. In addition to the attached fixtures, CSA is also looking forward to hosting the inaugural SA20 and the third edition of the SA Women’s Super League.”

Nkwe’s statements indicates how heavily CSA are relying on their proposed SA20 T20 league for financial boost. The franchise-based tournament, stylised around IPL, is set to make its debut in January 2023.

The inaugural edition will feature six teams and interestingly, all six sides are bought by franchise owners of different IPL sides.

The auction of the first season is scheduled to be held on September 19, with as many as 318 players ready to go under the hammer.

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