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Mzansi Super League 2021 edition has been called off due to Covid concerns

Mzansi Super League 2021 edition has been called off due to Covid concerns

The Mzansi Super League 2021 edition has been called off, Cricket South Africa confirmed on 20th December Monday. The third season, originally planned to be held last November, was postponed due to a covid pandemic and was expected to be held in 2022 February.

The decision to cancel the tournament has been taken due to the current Covid-19 situation in South Africa, resulting in travel restrictions being enforced by many countries. 'the Bio-Secure Environment frustrations, Stricter travel possibilities, fear of the new variant, and the weak Rand and US Dollar exchange rate' were the reasons cited by South Africa board to call off the tournament.

The board is now planning to stage the CSA T20 challenge in place of Manzi Super League, featuring eight Division 1 teams.

"The decision to call off the 2021 edition of the MSL is meant to allow CSA and the strategic partners to revamp and review the tournament post-Covid-19 to regain its market and commercial position," Pholetsi Moseki, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Cricket South Africa, said. "For its purposes, the MSL slot will be replaced by a domestic CSA T20 Challenge, featuring the 8 (eight) Divisiteamteams, and the tournament will take place in February 2022."

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The Mzansi Super League T20 league was played in 2018 and 2019 but was called off in 2020 because of logistic challenges posed by the covid pandemic. It was changed into a domestic T20 competition and played among eight top teams.

Paarl Rocks are currently the defending MSL champions, while Lions beat Dolphins to become the domestic T20 champions in the 2020-21 domestic competition.

The final matches in the four-day franchise series were postponed and rescheduled for 2022.

CSA Domestic cricket has not been played in the biosecure bubble to date the season but understands that this would change for the T20 and one-day competitions. Last summer, both white-ball tournaments took place in biosecure conditions.

Currently, South Africa is in a fourth wave of the pandemic, which accompanied the discovery of the Omicron variant last month. Cases peaked at over 26,000 earlier in the week, but the number is now declining. The country, however, remains at alert level one of five, with the least stringent restrictions since the start of the pandemic last year.

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