Cricket SA's Mzansi Super League again called off

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Paarl Rocks celebrate winning the 2019 MSL (Gallo)
Paarl Rocks celebrate winning the 2019 MSL (Gallo)
  • Cricket South Africa has again postponed the Mzansi Super League.
  • The MSL has not taken place since 2019 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with the Paarl Rocks, the defending champions.
  • CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki confirmed that the domestic T20 Challenge would replace the MSL slot in February.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Monday that next year's third edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) has been called off due to the difficult environment caused by Covid-19.

This year's third edition of the MSL, which was scheduled for February, was postponed once again, with the domestic CSA T20 Challenge set to replace the global T20 tournament.

"However, restrictions such as stricter travel possibilities, the Bio-Secure Environment frustrations, fear of the new variant, and the weak Rand/US Dollar exchange rate are some of the main reasons why CSA has taken the decision to call off the 2022 version of the MSL," read the statement.

The T20 competition has not been played since 2019 with the Paarl Rocks winning the MSL title.

"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," said Pholetsi Moseki, CSA's acting chief executive officer.

"For its purposes, the MSL slot will again be replaced by a domestic CSA T20 Challenge, featuring the eight Division One teams and this tournament will take place in February 2022."

This past weekend, CSA also postponed the year's remaining round of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series across Divisions One and Two due to the virus.

Meanwhile, India are currently in a bio-secure bubble in South Africa preparing to take on the Proteas in three Tests and three ODIs.

The first Test is scheduled for Centurion at 10:00 on Sunday.

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