THE CHENNAI SUPER KINGS have shown interest to own a team in South Africa’s new T20 league – T20 Global Destination League, likely to be held in November or December, this year.
The Chennai franchise is currently facing a two-year fan following the alleged involvement of their owners in the 2013 Indian Premier League betting case. Although they are set to make a return to the cash-rich league next year, their fans might be in for a treat before the IPL itself. As reported by TOI, K George John, director of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited (CSKL), which own the franchise, revealed that they have shown 'expression of interest' to the CSA.
"We have informed them about our interest. It's the first step to take. However, we haven't yet got the bidding documents. We had a very good fan following when the IPL happened in South Africa in 2009. But nothing has been finalized as of now and we will have a clear picture closer to the deadline (April 18) for submission of bids."
The CSA had recently divulged that they have received more than 150 'expressions of interest' for ownership of the teams in the league. They added that about 35% of those who showed interests are from India and 39 % from South Africa.
However, it is learnt that the BCCI hasn't given permission for Indian players to participate in T20 leagues across the world. John conceded they are 'well aware' of the rules and that their idea is to 'build brand CSK' across the globe.
“As of now we have only thought of expanding and building the brand globally. We wanted to explore opportunities, see new markets, analyse and research the financial aspects."
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