Cricket South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge to offer R2-million for a Spectator Catch

Tahir Ibn Manzoor / 07 November 2017
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Of late, the courier company ‘Ram Hand to Hand’ decided to return as the title sponsors of the impending Cricket South Africa Ram Slam Twenty20 Challenge after the T20 Global League was deferred until November 2018 due to the unavoidable circumstances faced by the Proteas Board in September.

The interim chief executive of CSA Thabang Moroe has expressed satisfaction to see the company returning to add more value to the tournament which has already witnessed a lot of success in the recent past.

“It is great news for our cricket to welcome Ram Hand to Hand Couriers back as one of our naming rights sponsors,” Moroe said in a Board’s media release.

The breakthrough took place in Johannesburg on Tuesday (November 7) when CSA administrators in its press briefing revealed they had regained the door-to-door service providers Ram back in the fold for the domestic competition.

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Moroe is serving as the Vice-president of CSA. Photo Credit: CSA.

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Moroe, who earlier replaced Haroon Lorgat added he is thankful for the timelier response from the Ram management to make the event possible.

“We are particularly grateful to them for coming aboard at unavoidably short notice,” Moroe added.

Interestingly, the match-fixing scandal in 2015-16 saw the premium competition losing an all-important naming sponsor for the season of 2016-17.

Moreover, the top-administrators of CSA were busy with the T20 Global League which subsequently witnessed as many as eight private partners for the distinct city-based teams of South Africa.

“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,” Moroe added.

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Ram Slam T20 Challenge will witness six teams wrestling for a title. Photo Credit: Web/Google.

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The T20 competition would witness national players of the Proteas participate in the competition while representing their respective domestic teams.

The tournament will run between November 10 and December 16, as the curtain raiser will be played between Warriors and Knights in Port Elizabeth.

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The home-based competition is expected to boost the youngsters. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The T20 tournament was known as Standard Bank Pro20 Series, as Ram is overall the third title sponsor in the Proteas fold.

With CSA already set to lose staggering amount following the collapse of its own T20 tournament.

The Board is bound to receive considerable amount to take care of proceedings which would further see the spectators fetching millions following a one-handed catch in the stands this time around.

“It reminds one of the quote 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’,” Moroe further added.

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The old sponsor returned on board with CSA after a prolonged gap of two years. Photo Credit: Gallo Images.

Regarding the latest prize pool of money to attract avid followers of the gentleman’s game, the impending season would witness the cricket lovers take Rand2-million home which was referred as ‘Catch a million’ in the previously held editions of the eagerly-awaited competition.

“Our fans are not going to be short of opportunities to bid for their share of the Catch Two Million prize money,” Moroe concluded.

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The SuperSport will telecast the matches after owing the broadcast right for the competition which has further witnessed a strained-relation owing to the negotiations of T20 Global League.