JOHANNESBURG - Courier company RAM delivered for Cricket South Africa at the last minute, helping the organisation to restore some face in the midst of a difficult period for the sporting body.
That it should be RAM coming to Cricket SA’s rescue is hugely ironic given that the company’s name was attached to the local T20 franchise competition when the event was immersed in a match-fixing scandal which led to bannings and suspensions for seven players including a few prominent former Proteas.
However the company has seen past that drama and have also chosen to ignore the current controversy enveloping the game in the wake of the 11th hour postponement of the T20 Global League, to throw its name behind the domestic T20 Challenge, thereby reigniting the RamSlam.
“They came to us and we thought, ‘why not?’ it was a great brand,” said managing director Graeme Lazarus.
The 2015/16 tournament - the last one in which RAM was involved - became clouded in a match-fixing scandal which saw Gulam Bodi, Thami Tsolekile, Alviro Petersen, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe and Ethy Mbhalati all banned from the game for periods of between two and 20 years for their involvement in attempting to fix portions of matches in the competition that season.