Ex-Proteas legends, Meyrick Pringle, Brett Schultz and Dave Callaghan, have been confirmed as ambassadors for the Cape Town Sixes Cricket and Cultural Festival taking place on the 19th and 20th March at the Green Point Cricket Club.
"I am honoured to have been asked to become a sports Ambassador for this magnificent initiative and look forward to being part of an event that promotes this wonderful game we enjoy so much", says former fast bowler Meyrick Pringle.
Brett Schultz, who was part of the Proteas from 1992 to 1996 agrees: "This sports programme is set to deliver one of the most exciting amateur sixes cricket events in the world. The CSR initiative 'HitPovertyforaSix' will also serve to enhance awareness and accessibility to the sport for those less fortunate. I'm looking forward to being involved."
"Cricket is about the supporters watching from the grandstands or at home on television", says Dave Callaghan. "This type of event will enhance the interest in the wonderful game of cricket.
Dalin Oliver, radio sports presenter, comedian and part-time cricket coach, is joining the line-up of ambassadors as well as filling the Master of Ceremonies role for the festival. "An event of this nature is something that goes hand in hand with the city's vibrant cricket culture. The on-field banter between friends, colleagues and old team mates, coupled with support from the locals, will definitely add that special 'Cape Town gees' to festivities."
Endorsed by Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), Cape Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town, the Cape Town 6's invites local and international semi-pro and amateur teams to take part in two action-packed days of cricket and culture in the Mother City. The tournament includes seven cricket leagues that range from the highly competitive premier teams to the more laid-back lager and social leagues. There is a league for corporates wanting an ideal team-building experience at a high profile event, as well as a mixed league and the Old Boys Cup.
70% of the league has already been sold and the money raised from the corporate league has gone towards three development teams' participation in the premier league and a cricket clinic at the Khayelitsha Cricket Club on 18th February. The development team inclusion is about giving those teams that might not have an opportunity the chance to play on the big stage! This is part of the '#HitPovertyforaSix' campaign run by Bigger Than Me - Social Change Agency
All the leagues can accommodate eight teams with eight players per team and two reserves. Competitors will play six overs per side. Each team is guaranteed four matches in their league, with semi-finals and the finals to follow. Teams from South Africa and abroad can visit www.capetownsixesfestival.com to enter.
The Cape Town Sixes Festival will showcase the City's famous flair for fun, entertainment and community spirit with a Food of Nations Village featuring cuisine from the world's great cricketing countries, a 'Bigger Than Me' change precinct that highlights social development projects that are improving quality of life in Cape Town and a safe, friendly kids and family zone.
Visitors can take full advantage of the last days of the Cape Town summer season, watching cricket, participating in a host of activities happening at the festival, sampling food from every stall in the food village and then enjoying some great live music including South African legends, Mango Groove, Jimmy Nevis, the Kiffness, Rory Elliot and many more. Tickets are available at: http://www.capetownsixesfestival.com/#!festival-tickets