Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) will launch the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge at the Wanderers on Sunday with a strong Caribbean Calypso flavour to it.
“I am delighted to announce that our franchises have recruited some of the world’s best T20 players,” commented Tournament Director, Graeme Smith.
“In my discussions with all the super stars it has been satisfying to note their eagerness to play in the RAM SLAM as they regard South Africa as one of the best cricket Leagues in the world.”
The headline players who have committed themselves to the franchises for the full competition are:
Cape Cobras: Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
Dolphins: Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)
Knights: Andre Russell (West Indies)
Highveld Lions: Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Titans: Darren Sammy (West Indies)
Warriors: Craig Kieswetter (England)
The one exception is Bravo who will miss the opening game on Sunday.
Unfortunately Kumar Sangakkara was a late withdrawal from participating in the RAM SLAM after Sri Lanka had agreed to tour India during November.
“The triple header concept was a huge success last season and one cannot think of a better way to launch the RAM SLAM competition with a triple header featuring all the Franchise line-ups at the Bidvest Wanderers,” Smith added.
CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, expressed his delight at the quality of the overseas signings.
“We are determined to raise the standard and profile of our domestic cricket and there is no doubt that these top class international players will entertain our fans over the next six weeks,” he said. “With our Proteas stars coming into the competition during the latter stages when they return from Australia the RAM SLAM will be a competition to follow keenly.”
Triple header fixtures - November 2:
10:00 - Knights v Warriors
14:00 - Cape Cobras v Titans
18:00 - Highveld Lions v Dolphins