General Council works out franchise solution
The franchise for Eastern Cape will continue to be based in East London till the end of the 2005-06 season, after which it will move to Port Elizabeth for the next two seasons. This was decided by the General Council of the South African board after a meeting in Johannesburg. The council also stated that at the end of that period, the Eastern Cape Franchise Board will pass a resolution to decide on where the franchise will be based thereafter.
Among the other resolutions passed was the agreement that domestic cricket in South Africa would continue to be played by six regional teams till the 2007-08 season. The teams are Southern Gauteng, Northern Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Central and Eastern Cape. The council also agreed that there would be no changes to the agreements pertaining to the franchises for the first four teams.
The council also announced that since Griqualand West and Free State had not been able to reach an agreement regarding franchising for the Central region, status quo would be maintained for that region.
Ray Mali, the president of UCBSA, was pleased that the franchise issues had finally been sorted out. "Our organisation has been temporarily paralysed by the uncertainty regarding the franchise system and these resolutions will allow us to progress operationally in the best interests of South African Cricket."
The decisions taken by the council were based on findings and recommendations made by the Franchise Review Committee, a group appointed by the General Council.