MTN Domestic Championship May 30, 2008

South Africa could ditch 45-over competition

Cricinfo staff

Cricket South Africa is considering ditching the MTN Domestic Championship after it proved a failure with the public.

The 45-over competition attracted dismal crowds, and the future of the competition was discussed when the franchise CEOs met in Johannesburg. A number of reasons were cited, including the poor timing of the event and the burgeoning popularity of Twenty20 cricket.

"MTN have been doing a lot of research into the matter and this is continuing," Cassim Docrat, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, said. "We're looking for some innovation, so that the crowds come back and get involved again. Hopefully, CSA will be able to consider some kind of blueprint at their meeting at the end of next month."