UAE businessman Ajay Sethi, who won the rights to own the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars team in the now defunct T20 Global League, said he plans to sue the South Africa cricket board after they announced plans for a new-look T20 tournament.
Cricket South Africa on Saturday decided to go ahead with a new T20 league in place of the T20 Global League and Sethi said he will look to put a stay on any such plans.
“We were waiting for them to make their final decision, which they did on Saturday. We are going to put a stay. We own the teams. We are going to seek legal judgment,” Sethi told Sport360 on Monday.
The T20 Global League was called off last year after the South African board failed to find sponsors or a broadcast deal. The new league is expected to feature six city-based teams.
“Financial losses are a separate matter. No T20 league can happen. You can’t have owners, finish the draft stage and change your stance because of a TV deal. And then have a new league. This is not business,” Sethi added.
The Channel 2 group chairman said he plans to initiate legal proceedings in a week or so.
“We are four or five owners at the moment, so most are in support of us. We will see within a week or 10 days that legal action will be taken,” he added.
The Caribbean Premier League is approaching its business end with Trinbago Knight Riders topping the points table as the fight intensifies for a spot in the knockout stages.
As is the case with many T20 leagues across the world, wrist spinners are having a ball. The slow and dry surfaces in the West Indies have helped slow bowlers make a big impact. No surprises then that this season, the top two bowlers are leg-spinners.
Knight Riders’ Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed tops the charts with 15 wickets from nine matches at a superb economy of 6.5. His consistency has helped Trinbago register seven wins from nine matches. This is one of the most dominant performances in Pakistan-born Australian spinner’s career and will serve a reminder to the Australian management that he still has it in him to deliver at the top level.
Right next to him on the wickets table is South African spinner Imran Tahir. The Guyana Amazon Warriors spinner also has 15 wickets from nine matches at an even better economy of 6.1.
Tahir is still going strong at the age of 39 and his wicket-taking skills are not showing any signs of slowing down. Just goes to show that quality wrist spin will always be a potent weapon in T20 cricket.
England finished Day Three on 114-2 to lead by 154 runs in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval.
Opener Alastair Cook was batting on 46 in his final Test innings and captain Joe Root on 29.
The hosts lost opener Keaton Jennings and Moeen Ali in the final session on Sunday. Jennings was bowled by Mohammed Shami while Ali’s stumps were rattled by Ravindra Jadeja.
Earlier, India resumed their first innings from their overnight score of 174-6 on day three of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.
Hanuma Vihari and Jadeja took India past the 200-run mark with the former registering a maiden half-century on his debut.
Post lunch, Moeen struck once again with Ishant Sharma following the same mode of dismissal as Vihari. Jadeja, meanwhile, reached fifty and was looking good for a ton despite having only Jasprit Bumrah for company. However, an ill-judged single cost Bumrah his wicket with Jadeja left stranded on 86 as India folded for 292 runs in their first innings.
Joe Root’s men currently lead the five-match series 3-1 and will be looking to finish the English summer on a high with another win.
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