The CSA T20 will really be a "Challenge"


Town – Another franchise cricket competition … as of April as the leaves
turn from golden to brown and in many cases already floats on the ground.

South Africa T20 Challenge
may well prove exactly what his surname means,
a situation not assisted by the fact that he obstinately remained sans headline
sponsor at the time of writing and a game between the champions of defense of the Titans
and Warriors that take place on Friday night in the Centurion (18:00).

decidedly autumnal program (the final is scheduled for May 5) is likely to be
combined in fairly modern times only by South Africa agreeing on short
notice to host the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) of
mid-April to a special May 24, almost exactly ten years ago in

managed to be a success, despite the fatigue of many end-of-season pitches
throughout the country and some frigid experiences for viewers, especially in
some of the interior spaces.

At the
the time, however, the IPL was in its youngest childhood and a strong curiosity
attracted local enthusiasts for matches, joining the generous entourages of
traveling Indian fans and celebrities / VIPs.

This one
time around, the ever-gaudy, flamboyant Indian tournament serves as a
distraction to the more humble, local T20 jamboree, as
they will overlap to a greater degree – the IPL will continue until May 12 – and many
cream of South Africa's white ball stars are locked into lucrative jobs
there instead of reinforcing the domestic event.

names include the especially blue-chip AB Villiers, but also anticipated,
Proteas World Cup-bound popular figures such as Kock's Quinton, Rabada Kagiso,
David Miller, Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir.

absences will do little to help seduce South Africans with no money for T20
Challenge, which also happens with devotees of other sporting attractions
like Super Rugby – in full swing for weeks and approaching the intermediate stage
of the common season – mulling over his choices of loyalty.

it was difficult not to detect a decline in the public interest (at least at the
terms of attendance), even when the newly completed Momentum One-Day Cup
section of three games knockout.

the semifinals had poor gates, inhibitors of the atmosphere, although to consistently
Titãs trophy-hogging, in court, managed to obtain a reasonable number of
hobos on seats for the Sunday showpiece of the 50 overs competition.

Markram was once again a brilliant light with his century, marked by the type of theft
game to rival anything in the IPL for the "ooh and aah" factor, and your
continuous search to justify a passage from the CWC – many will say that it should already be a
made business – is at least a good reason to monitor the T20 tournament with some
degree of devotion.

I hope it is the device by which Hashim Amla, assuming he finds his way
clear to represent the Cape Cobras after a period of familiar time needed to
health reasons, recapture its best touch (although it is not
appropriate format) in the interest of their own World Cup plans – it does not
has played a competitive match since March 1 and completed 36 years in the interim.

judging by the responses in social networks when certain domestic limits
games are not displayed, the interest of the television in the local game remains stronger
than some cynics can appreciate, and the next few weeks will be an opportunity
to SuperSport to fill some very important live space on their many channels.

that they lost the first Mzansi inaugural league much earlier in the
season when SABC's national broadcaster terrorized the rights of

of the MSL, was understandably praised – for all the immense difficulties of
itself – as the main attraction of the 2018/19 SA T20 season, which was
will always leave the T20 Challenge as a kind of late thinking
the minds of many … and even a good case, frankly, for not being staged.

is virtually upon us now, warts and all, and to be thrown upon a full double
round, in the bargain.

means that most of the six franchises will be playing each other for what will be
seem the umpteenth times this season, which brings marketing / promotional

in mind that there has already been a four-day double-round franchise series and a
structure similar to the One Day Cup, then the teams met at any "KO"
are already probably sicker from each other's eyes until now.

much more appetite, more crucially, the public has how the days begin
visibly shorten for the winter?

will find out soon …

First round matches:

Titans v. Warriors, SuperSport Park, 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: Dolphins v Knights,
Kingsmead, 6:00 p.m.; Sunday: Lions vs Cobras, Wanderers, 14:30.

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