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CSA endorses Cricket Fridays

2011-01-11 09:38

Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has welcomed an initiative by Lead SA, encouraging the South African public to show their 100% support for the Proteas.

Similar to the successful trend of Football Fridays, where South Africans wore their soccer jerseys in support of Bafana Bafana, people are now being encouraged to show their 100% support for the Proteas ahead of the Cricket World Cup in February.

The launch of the Cricket Friday initiative comes a day before a five-match One Day International series between the Proteas and India. The first match takes place at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday, January 12.

Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola welcomed the initiative, saying: “CSA supports any initiative that is 100% behind the Proteas! We congratulate Lead SA on backing our boys.”

Primedia Group Head: News and Current Affairs, Yusuf Abramjee said: “Lead SA is getting behind all national sports. We supported Bafana Bafana ahead of the World Cup and created much excitement. We also arranged the very successful parade through the streets of Sandton two days before kick off. It was the biggest show of support for any sport in the history of SA.

“We have decided to get fully behind the Proteas and mobilize the public because we believe our cricketers need the support ahead and during the Cricket World Cup. The nation needs to show its support.

“We are encouraging our listeners and readers via Lead SA to wear their cricket shirts every Friday. We have declared Fridays Pure Protea Fridays and will do so each week from now - and throughout the tournament.

“We have engaged the Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, who is 100% behind it. On Monday, he publically endorsed it and called on South Africans to get their shirts out,” said Abramjee. “The Football Friday initiative which we also drove extensively united the nation and created patriotism. Our intention is to do the same for cricket.”

Fans can purchase official Pure Protea 100% South African supporters gear via cricket.co.za, at selected Sneakers stores and at all home Proteas games.

Fans are encouraged to join the CSA fans page for exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the Proteas on tour – facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica. For breaking cricket news, follow twitter.com/officialcsa.

Tickets for the five-match ODI series between South Africa and India are available via cricket.ticketpros.co.za, all PostNet stores and at all host venues.

Sport24

Comments
  • Rooikoppie - 2011-01-11 10:03

    Getting my proteas T-shirt

  • Zolani - 2011-01-11 10:17

    O, good i do look beter in green than yellow,

  • MBP - 2011-01-11 10:33

    Awesome!! :)

  • Grant F. Meyer - 2011-01-11 10:54

    Got my Protea T-shirt as a Bday gift last Thursday :-)

      Felix - 2011-01-15 18:24

      howzit Grant or anyone else who can help would like to know where online can I purchase the official current ODI player's shirt?? Thanks Felix

  • Shik - 2011-01-11 11:01

    Get all the companies to buy-in to this idea and we'll see thousands of people in the Protea's gear. Just like the FIFA WC. Will be awesome! :)

  • BigWig - 2011-01-11 11:14

    Which BEE is pocketing from the money from the sale of T-shirts?

      Eric - 2011-01-11 11:42

      who cares

  • Bhafo - 2011-01-11 11:15

    Brilliant Idea. Lets get those T-Shirts & show our support for the Proteas. Viva Proteas Viva.Totally agree with Shik.

  • cgg034 - 2011-01-11 11:35

    can I wear my bafana shirt? Fake cricket shirts are hard to come by...

      given.mgiba - 2011-01-11 12:10

      get the original one

      Only Truth - 2011-01-11 12:14

      Hahahahaha.......you're so naugthy, but that's nothing but the truth.

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-01-11 11:56

    Great idea, but by wearing the shirt I will be showing my support for the Proteas AND NOT for Graeme Smith!

      Fastbowler - 2011-01-11 13:55

      There's always 1. This time is can be you, you complete pillock

      Vesto - 2011-01-11 13:59

      Dave is Smith not a SA is there something you know that we don't know. Is he an Australian or an Alien from out of space. Or are you obsessed with GS think of him at least 10 times a day can't live with yourself so you live your life through Smith's Highs & Lows.Ag Shame I pity you.

  • Will99 - 2011-01-11 12:01

    I am getting one. Who knows how much they are?

      David - 2011-01-11 12:34

      I would also like to know, but I'll bet my house that the prices are going to increase anyway... The trend of making a quick buck off us poor spenders will be irrisitable to suppliers whether it be with origional or fake goods.

  • Gary - 2011-01-11 12:23

    I am in full agreement. Show your support!!!!!!!!

  • Gunner - 2011-01-11 16:08

    Will be wearing my blue India shirt. Proteas will choke again on the big occasion

      Vesto - 2011-01-11 19:49

      WoW. And I suppose you are a South African Indian whatever that means.You Gunner are not worthy to call yourself a South African,you are a disgrace to your ancestors. Go learn to speak fluent Hindi,Tamil or Ordu maybe then you would be classified an Indian. Confused Indian

  • Gunner - 2011-01-12 10:33

    @vesto..lots of hatred there boet. It definitely sounds as if a Sa Indian bedded ur wife or sister. Take a chill pill, its just a game

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