Cricket South Africa (CSA) has installed Thabang Moroe as its permanent chief executive after he served to lead the body through a testing period in its recent history.
Moroe (left of picture) has served as acting chief executive since Haroon Lorgat departed the position in September 2017 amid the turmoil surrounding the formation of a new Twenty20 competition in the country. Formerly a CSA vice-president, Moroe will now continue as chief executive for the next three years after what the governing body called a “thorough and rigorous” process to fill the position.
CSA president Chris Nenzani said: “Mr. Moroe has done an excellent job over the past year in taking over this position in circumstances that were far from ideal. In congratulating him on his appointment I look forward to his continuing the path set out by his predecessor of achieving our goal to be the best run sports federation on the continent and to be among the best in the world.”
CSA last month teamed up with rights partner, pay-television broadcaster SuperSport, to announce the launch of a new “world-class” Twenty20 competition following the collapse of previous efforts to form a T20 Global League.
The two parties hailed a “ground-breaking” agreement through which a new company will be formed in which both CSA and SuperSport will be shareholders. CSA will hold the majority share, but both shareholders will contribute capital to fund the Newco. SuperSport will broadcast the competition throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the adjacent islands and provide a broadcast feed to international broadcasters. The inaugural event will be played during November and December this year.
In October, the inaugural season of CSA’s T20 Global League was postponed for one year until November 2018 just days after the national governing body revealed that it was set to post a significant loss on the launch edition of the tournament.
CSA said it could have registered a loss of up to $25m (€21.3m) on the inaugural tournament – eating into more than half of the governing body’s cash reserves. SuperSport had not been involved in the original venture as CSA sought a separate rights partner.
The T20 Global League was due to include eight franchises, seven of which would have been foreign owned.