JOHANNESBURG – Just two seasons after the tournament bearing their company’s name was caught up in a match-fixing scandal, courier company RAM have put their names back in South African cricket.
Cricket South Africa have re-signed Ram as sponsors of the domestic T20 tournament, which will once again be known as the RamSlam T20 Challenge.
Seven players received suspensions of varying periods following the 2015/16 scandal, which saw former Proteas player Gulam Bodi attempt to fix matches in the RamSlam.
This season’s tournament, which will feature all the contracted Proteas, will take place against a backdrop of controversy after CSA was forced to postpone their much-publicised T20 Global League tournament after failing to secure a deal to broadcast the tournament.
Cricket SA is currently conducting an inquiry as to why that event failed to happen. An announcement regarding the outcome of that inquiry is expected soon.
This season’s RamSlam starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday, with last season’s runners-up the Warriors facing the Knights.
This season’s competition will also feature the popular ‘catch-a-million’ competition for spectators, but the overall prize this season will be R2 million, to be shared among spectators who catch a ball one-handed in a match that is shown on TV.
We’re at the SuperSport studios today where Acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe announced that RAM will be the title sponsor of the T20 Challenge. pic.twitter.com/GWHaDOHtWt
“It is great news for our cricket to welcome Ram Hand to Hand Couriers back as one of our naming rights sponsors,” said CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe.
“We are particularly grateful to them for coming aboard at unavoidably short notice.
“This season’s competition, which will feature all our 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.”