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by 10/10/2017 18:27:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • The postponement of South Africa's T20 Global League will hit stars in pocket
  • It is uncertain whether the likes of Eoin Morgan will be paid their six-figure deals
  • Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy are also among those waiting to find out their fate
  • It is expected that current deals will be honoured from November 2018 onwards

By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:30 EDT, 10 October 2017 | Updated: 18:27 EDT, 10 October 2017

England players including limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and suspended white-ball specialist Alex Hales will be heavily out of pocket following the postponement of South Africa's T20 Global League.

Sportsmail understands Morgan negotiated a £145,000 deal to be one of eight overseas icons at the six-week event that was due to kick off on November 3 while Hales - currently unavailable for international selection 'until further notice' and subject to an internal investigation following a fracas outside a Bristol nightspot in the early hours of September 25 - was a round-one draft pick at £102,500.

However, whether that pair, two other icons Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy plus Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran and Sam Billings will get paid a penny is now up in the air.

Eoin Morgan and others will lose out after South Africa's T20 Global League was postponed
Eoin Morgan and others will lose out after South Africa's T20 Global League was postponed

Eoin Morgan and others will lose out after South Africa's T20 Global League was postponed

Alex Hales was a first-round pick at £102,500 for the event that was due to kick off next month
Alex Hales was a first-round pick at £102,500 for the event that was due to kick off next month

Alex Hales was a first-round pick at £102,500 for the event that was due to kick off next month

Players signing up for the Global League were required to join the South African Cricketers' Association and it will be left to the SACA to negotiate compensation with Cricket South Africa after the inaugural competition was postponed for 12 months due to a failure to secure a satisfactory broadcast deal or title sponsor.

It is anticipated that the South African board will argue that all current contracts will be honoured from November 2018 onwards to avoid shelling out.

However, that is likely to anger the high-end T20 specialists persuaded to sign up for South Africa rather than feature in the Bangladesh Premier League that runs concurrently.

Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Bravo signed up on two-year deals and some of them might have retired when 2019 comes around.

Ex-England star Kevin Pietersen is among those waiting to see if they will be paid a penny
Ex-England star Kevin Pietersen is among those waiting to see if they will be paid a penny

Ex-England star Kevin Pietersen is among those waiting to see if they will be paid a penny

There is potential for the franchises to seek compensation for the collapse too following a catastrophic few weeks.

Last month chief executive Haroon Lorgat, the driving force behind South Africa's attempts to create a rival to Australia's Big Bash, departed the governing body mid-term by mutual consent; then Thabang Moroe, Lorgat's replacement on a temporary basis, announced the show would go on despite first-season forecasts of a £19million loss.

'We have not come to this decision lightly,' Moroe insisted on Tuesday, after confirming it would not. 'We have re-assessed our strategy. We will regroup and come back stronger and better.'

Chris Gayle signed up on a two-year deal and might have retired when 2019 comes around
Chris Gayle signed up on a two-year deal and might have retired when 2019 comes around

Chris Gayle signed up on a two-year deal and might have retired when 2019 comes around

The implications of the development for South African cricket are multifarious: Tony Irish, SACA's chief executive, immediately called for an independent review, the country will now be without domestic and international cricket for a period of six weeks in peak season while it will potentially act as a catalyst for more Kolpak moves.

Ironically, the new 20-over competition was designed to be a vehicle to ward off such thoughts by remunerating South African cricketers better.

Agreed salaries for leading homegrown players touched £200,000 - superior to those of imported stars - in a bid to encourage South African cricketers that remaining in their system was more lucrative than joining the exodus of players including centrally-contracted trio Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw and David Wiese to county cricket.

 

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