Cape Town – Passionate about the game, newly appointed Nelson Mandela Bay Stars
chief executive Sean Morris will be aiming to add his own brand of expertise as
the franchise strive to make an impact on the inaugural T20 Global League.
Initiated this year in South Africa as an answer to the Indian Premier
League (IPL) and Australia’s Big Bash, the T20 Global
League is poised to change the face of the game in the country.
With high quality international representation and leading South African
players among the eight franchises, cricket authorities are confident the new
competition will capture the fans’
And Morris, with a rich cricketing background, will be doing his utmost
to ensure Nelson Mandela Bay fans are provided with an experience that will
transform them into permanent members of the greater Eastern Cape franchise
Born in England, the 49-year-old Morris played professionally for
Hampshire in domestic cricket, scoring 101 not out when the county played
Kepler Wessels’ touring South Africans in
After his retirement from the game in 1997, he became involved in sports
marketing, working for the Dunlop-Slazenger cricket brand. He later became
chief executive of the Professional Cricket Association in England, followed by
a two-year stint as CEO of the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
Although he has only visited Port Elizabeth once previously, Morris has
a strong connection with South Africa, having played league cricket in Cape
Town for five years in the 1990s, soon after the country was invited back
into the international fold.
He is now looking forward to ensuring the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars are
placed firmly on the map, with a growing excitement about working alongside
legends such as ex-Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher and Zimbabwe fast
bowler Heath Streak.
that particularly attracted me was the appointment as coach of Mark Boucher,
whom I know through a number of very close friends,” said Morris.
with Mark will be very interesting for me, while Heath Streak is a former
team-mate of mine and we worked together only 18 months ago.
you look at the cricket management team, I immediately knew that’s grade A – sorted.”
Morris said his vision for the franchise was that it was all built
around the fan.
is built on the media and sponsorship, but you are only as valuable as your fan
base. So, as an investor, your top priority is to grow your fan-base.”
He added that the T20 Global League franchise was a huge opportunity for
the Nelson Mandela Bay region to promote itself to a massive world audience.
fantastic potential here,” said Morris, who jetted
into the city over the weekend.
“I guess it’s just about the level of confidence. There
is a feeling here that we could do something amazing, but are we going to do
“It’s more than just rocking up for seven games
of cricket,” he said. “If we get this right, we can get into a
position where we can help youngsters, help EP cricket and get the community
behind the team.
the potential to do that and we have to find a way of delivering that.”