A number of the big international names were due to leave the GLT20 to head for other tournaments - most notably the Big Bash
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and SACA (the South African Cricketers’ Association) have settled on an agreement for compensation over the loss of earnings in the postponed T20 Global League.
The governing body for cricket in this country (CSA) issued a statement on Tuesday morning, confirming that an agreement had been reached, and players would be paid out in three instalments between this month and April 2018.
Independent Media understands that the players will receive 60 percent of their draft fees, and that the final figure was well received by the majority of players who were initially disgruntled by the postponement.
Young Akhona Mnyaka, for example, who was picked up by the Bloem City Blazers for R130 000 ($10 000), will receive R78 000, which will be played to him in three instalments.
Those who were picked in the opening round of the draft, such as Durban Qalanders all-rounder Chris Morris, were set to receive salaries of R1.755-million, they will now receive R1.05-million.
The international players who were drafted will receive 50 percent of the fees for which they were purchased, but their payments will be further calculated according to the number of matches they were contracted to play.
A number of the big international names were due to leave the GLT20 to head for other tournaments – most notably the Big Bash.
In total over R93 million was spent drafting players.
“The settlement will help bridge the gap between player expectation and the disappointment of having to postpone the league,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe explained in the statement.
“This was an issue affecting 138 South African and foreign players, and we are very happy that we’ve been able to resolve it for all of them,” Tony Irish, the chief executive of SACA added.
That show of faith alone should see that strong interest remains in the competition from domestic players for next year, when it is anticipated that CSA will ensure that the tournament finally kicks off.
Whether or not international players will all return next year still remains to be seen.