The Ram Slam T20 Challenge has been launched by Cricket South Africa and is scheduled to get underway on Friday evening at the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
The Warriors will host the VKB Knights in the opening fixture. It will also be the first time that new floodlights at Port Elizabeth will come into effect.
All the six franchises in the tournament will play their group games over the weekend. The first of the three double-headers will be featuring the WSB Cape Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins while the Multiply Titans will be locking horns with the bizhub Highveld Lions at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.
There is some exciting news for the fans as the prize money for the “Catch a Million Competition” has been doubled and hence it will be a “Catch Two Million Competition”. The competition will get applied in all the matches telecasted by the SuperSport which requires a fan to hold on to catch completely one-handed catch. All the terms and conditions are available on the Cricket South Africa website (www.cricket.co.za)
CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said it was a great news for them.
“It is great news for our cricket to welcome Ram Hand to Hand Couriers back as one of our naming rights sponsors,” he said.
“We are particularly grateful to them for coming aboard at unavoidably short notice. This season’s competition, which will feature all our Standard Bank Proteas, will probably be the most significant since we launched the franchise concept in this format back in 2004.
“I don’t think any of us need reminding of the recent feats by the likes of David Miller and AB de Villiers in the recent international matches against Bangladesh. We now have the three quickest centuries in T20 International cricket all having been scored by Proteas in Miller, Richard Levi and Faf du Plessis and our fans are not going to be short of opportunities to bid for their share of the Catch Two Million prize money.
“It reminds one of the quotes by one of our revered former players, Shaun Pollock, on TV that the ‘players are now becoming the spectators and the spectators are becoming the fielders’.
“There are going to be so many other potential highlights, not the least of these being the long-awaited return of Dale Steyn from injury.This is something that will be watched with anticipation not just here but around the world. The contest between our renowned big hitters and some of the world’s best fast and spin bowlers is going to be something to behold.
“Our players will also be sharpening their collective claws ahead of the tour by India in the new year which will feature international matches in all three formats.
“Another highlight will be the fact that all our grounds have been upgraded to the best international standards and this will enhance the experience for our loyal fans.
“I would also like to thank SuperSport for once again making their state-of-the-art facilities available for today’s function,” concluded Mr. Moroe.
Executive Chairman of Ram, Mr David Lazarus said,
“Ram is a proudly South African company. Our business has been built on partnership, reliability and delivering when it counts!”
“When we received the call from CSA regarding the opportunity the answer was an unequivocal yes as everything spoke directly to what we are about! We are excited to revive the Ram Slam and we challenge all South Africans to come and support their team and stand a chance to win their share of R2 million!”