Rarely has a sports story been shrouded in such an impenetrable mist of secrecy as Cricket SA’s new T20 League which, apparently, the game’s administrators are "hoping" to announce sometime this week. There is far more that we don’t know about the tournament so let’s start with what we do know. The presence of sports minister Tokozile Xasa and her deputy, Gert Oosthuizen, at the Cricket SA AGM a fortnight ago hinted at an increased cosiness in their relationship and that was confirmed this week with the news that Cricket SA were given the government’s backing to start the new competition. We also know that the relationship between Cricket SA and broadcaster SuperSport, at one point partners in the venture, has turned sour. In fact, the partnership deal they signed on June 8 started falling apart after just three days. Central to the disagreement is SuperSport’s contention that their rights deal with Cricket SA covers "all domestic cricket" whereas Cricket SA have insisted all along ...

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