The T20 Contract: What’s In It For The Rest Of Us? Domestically, South Africa’s marquee players are on board with CSA’s new T20 league; even if it risks the team’s direct qualification for the ODI World Cup.
Players are confident that the venture will secure cricket’s sustainable future in the country, and they don’t think a planned simultaneous tournament in the UAE will lure away some of the biggest names from South Africa.
South Africa is an ideal league for international players because not only will they be financially compensated, but it will help the growth of the game in South Africa. The needs of the global cricketing landscape are viable with this new opportunity.
CSA is hosting a professional soccer league in January that will be run by top players to give it credibility and status in a calendar which is becoming loaded with other similar tournaments. “Everyone is excited for the league and the role they play in it. It’s been successful so far, everyone’s on board with that,” Van der Dussen said.
But the ODI series was scrapped after South Africa and Australia were already set for an event that clashed with the league, as well as a World Cup Super League. Only eight teams would earn berths in 2023 World Cup in India, while the two remaining places will be decided at a qualifying tournament in June and July next year.
Van der Dussen, the South African football captain, understands that concessions will have to be made in order to ensure a better playing field for the sport, even if it means forfeiting World Cup points. “We’re going to give Australia all the incentive they need and then some,” Van der Dussen said.
Netherlands Cricket Board (NCB) president Corrie van Baarle said Monday that his countrymen might choose to play in a European league like the Netherlands Premier League instead of the UAE “as quality is considered better and lucrative.”
T20 tournaments, like the IPL or PPL, can provide opportunities for cricket players struggling in one format to gain some form in the other. Aiden Markram went from having a major batting slump and averages of 50 – only twice in 20 innings across all formats – to making three half-centuries at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 139 in 14 trips to the crease for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Now back with South Africa, he has scored two 50’s and two 45’s over his first four white ball innings on this current English tour.
Confidence is a major factor in cricket, and it plays a big part as a batter in the IPL. The tournament gave me confidence and belief that I was lacking before the IPL. It also helped give me that little bit more confidence, which has been helpful mentally and given me that extra chance to show up when I’m facing some of the best players around.
In international games, there is a whole other level of competition and different strategies to the game. However, in the T20 franchise tournaments, more often than not struggling teams can still qualify for the World Cup with help from players who have been promoted to international status.