CSA calls of Mzansi Super League season owing to grim Covid-19 situation

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20 Dec 2021 | 12:17 PM
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CSA calls of Mzansi Super League season owing to grim Covid-19 situation

The MSL will instead be replaced by the CSA T20 Challenge in 2022

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that the 2021 edition of the Mzansi Super League, which was set to take place in February 2022, has been cancelled owing to the Covid-19 environment in the country. 

The previous edition of the MSL was postponed due to the spread of Covid-19, and the emergence of the Omicron variant has seen the board take the tough decision to call off the franchise competition for a second year running.

“Despite the tournament having secured an official backer (sponsor), CSA can confirm that the Mzansi Super League (MSL) scheduled for February 2022 has been called off owing to the COVID 19 environment which has made it difficult to maintain the brand proposition of being the premium international T20 tournament, due to increased travel restrictions as imposed by many nations on South Africa since the discovery of Omicron variant of the virus,” the CSA said in a statement on Monday.

Instead, like last year, the MSL will be replaced by the CSA T20 Challenge, a domestic T20 competition that will feature several top stars in the country.

“The decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the MSL is meant to allow CSA and its strategic partners to revamp and review the tournament post-Covid-19 to regain its market and commercial position. For its purposes, the MSL slot will again be replaced by a domestic CSA T20 Challenge, featuring the 8 (eight) Division 1 teams and this tournament will take place in February 2022,” said Pholetsi Moseki, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Cricket South Africa. 

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