Cricket South Africa are hoping the arrival of Preity Zinta, the owner of the Stellenbosch Kings, as final franchise owner in the T20 Global League will urge the acquisition of a broadcaster for the event starting within two months. The tournament will kick off on November 3rd and CSA are yet to confirm where fans will be able to watch the event, both locally and internationally.
Haroon Lorgat, the board’s CEO said concerning the above, “That’s been a perennial question, and why would I do a deal before Preity Zinta comes on board? Now we’re getting down to buttoning that down but let me not go into questions in detail.”
Lorgat noted that pan-African broadcaster, SuperSport, may be the only viable option. “In South Africa we’re in the situation where there’s one pretty strong broadcaster – you can guess as good as I can who we’re talking to,” he said. “But it’s a piece of work we’ve now got to do properly, but we wanted to do it at the right time. I could have sold these broadcast rights 12 months ago, and I can tell you what Preity has done in the last week has pumped up what we’re expecting ourselves. So we’re in no rush to go and do something and then say we shouldn’t have.”
SuperSport have had the rights to broadcast South African cricket for several seasons. Although home matches are shared with the public broadcaster, the SABC, SuperSport does not have much competition to face. eTV is the other free-to-air service in Africa, who won the rights for cricket coverage once, in the early 2000s. A potential threat to SuperSport could be Kwese-ESPN, who have launched across the African continent and have acquired rights to the NBA.