Moroe: We want to host the World Cup

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Thabang Moroe
  • Post published:January 16, 2019

Chief executive officer Thabang Moroe has reiterated Cricket South Africa’s ambition to host the World Cup again.

South Africa co-hosted the 2003 World Cup with Kenya and Zimbabwe. Six years later, South Africa hosted the Champions Trophy exclusively.

‘We will have a scheduling meeting at International Cricket Council level at the end of February,’ TimesLIVE quoted Moroe as saying.

‘We have to make a decision – do we have the T20 World Cup biannually or do we bring back the Champions Trophy? What format and how many teams?

‘We have most‚ if not all of our broadcast deals ending this year – the 2019-20 season. We will be sitting down with all our broadcasters to renegotiate.

‘The difficulty we have is that our Future Tours Programme ends in 2023. That leaves us with two years’ content to sell. It is not a lot.

‘The other reason we want the Future Tours Programme to be pushed that far back is because we want the opportunity to host some world events‚ especially the World Cup.’

The free-to-air South African Broadcasting Corporation, not paid-television SuperSport, televised the inaugural Mzansi Super League late last year.

‘I received an email from the CEO of SuperSport on Monday, indicating we should find one day to renegotiate a new broadcast deal,’ added Moroe.

‘They are strategising which products they want from us. It is no secret that SuperSport would like to have cricket in its entirety‚ exclusively. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal they will bring to the table.

‘We need to determine what products they can share with the public broadcaster knowing the problems the public broadcaster is going through.’

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