Mzansi Super League 2021: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has called off this year’s edition of Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2021 on Monday. The board confirmed taking this decision owing to the difficult environment caused due to the COVID-19 protocols under the bubble.
It is the second time the third edition of MSL has been postponed (postponed to February 2022), with the domestic CSA T20 Challenge to replace the T20 franchise cricket 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.
Mzansi Super League (MSL) was formed as South Africa’s global T20 franchise cricket to match the likes of Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
“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,” Pholetsi Moseki, CSA’s acting CEO said.
“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.” he added.
Last weekend, CSA had also postponed the final round of CSA’s 4-Day Domestic series across Divisions One and Two for 2021 as a precautionary measure against Omicron.
“The decision to defer the fifth round of matches, which were scheduled to take place between 16-19 December (Division Two) and 19-22 December (Division One), was taken as a safeguarding measure in light of the competition being held outside of a bio-secure environment and amid the latest wave of the Covid-19 pandemic,” CSA had released a statement.
Currently, the Indian cricket team is South Africa for the three-match Test and as many ODI matches. The first Test is set to go through from December 26, 2021.