05 Dec CSA addresses SACA concerns over use of player attributes and corruption issues
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) places on record that it has and continues to engage with the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) as it was first raised by the latter body, to address the concerns regarding the use of the players’ attributes for the Dream 11 campaign being run during the Mzansi Super League 2.0.
“When the matter was raised by SACA last month, I notified the sales agency of Dream11 to cease the use of the player attributes until a resolution was reached on the issue and conveyed this to SACA,” commented CSA Chief Commercial Officer Kugandrie Govender. “I also requested a meeting between ourselves and SACA to discuss what payments are applicable, and to discuss the issue of Dream11 being a betting organisation or not. I attach e-mails sent to Mr Irish for the sake of removing any doubt as to the start of the engagement on this matter.
“It is not our intention to short-change anyone that needs to be compensated, least of all players who are our very own. To this end, I would hope that we can meet as soon as possible with SACA to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
“As far as the anti-corruption issue is concerned, we have established that Dream11 is a skill-based fantasy gaming platform and not a betting/gambling platform. For the sake of clarity, it primarily operates in India where sports betting/gambling is illegal and where fantasy gaming was declared legal by the High Court. Please see as an example of many sources of clarification in this regard.”
“We have asked the Dream 11 to cease usage until this matter is resolved in an attempt to amicably move forward with SACA on this issue,” concluded Govender.