The Durban Qalandars on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the decision by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to postpone the T20 Global League until November 2018.
“While we are obviously disappointed with the decision taken so close to the start of the tournament, we accept the difficult position that CSA found itself in and we hope the decision to delay the start will give them sufficient time to sort out the outstanding issues,” said a statement released by the team.
The statement added that planning by Durban Qalandars was at an advanced stage for their first game against the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars on November 4.
“The Durban Qalandars would like to pledge its commitment to the league and would like to reiterate that we will be back in South Africa for the start next year,” said franchise owner Fawad Rana.
“The people of Durban have been wonderful to us and we would like to reassure them that we will be involved in the tournament. It is with sadness that we won’t be joining them this season, but they can look forward to something very special next year,” added Rana.
He added that the management team from Qatar, Dubai and Pakistan would also like to thank all those who have been assisting Qalandars in South Africa.