T20 Domestic Cup

RAM to consider T20 sponsorship after fixing

2016-01-29 08:30

Cape Town - The match-fixing scandal that has rocked South Africa's RAM SLAM T20 competition could end up costing the tournament its headline sponsor. 

RAM Hand-to-Hand Couriers have been the title sponsors of the competition for the last four editions - since 2013 - and while negotiations are currently ongoing between the company and Cricket South Africa (CSA) ahead of the 2016 tournament, there are no guarantees. 

"RAM Hand-to-Hand Couriers is well known as the sponsor of the RAM Slam T20 and notes with concern the allegations in relation to match fixing during the 2015 RAM Slam," RAM's Executive Director (Legal & Commercial) Alan Da Costa told Sport24 via e-mail on Thursday.

"Cricket South Africa (CSA) is responsible for dealing with the investigations and sanctions in relation to match fixing and corruption and the RAM directors are in constant contact with CSA.

"We are also in receipt of the press release from CSA which was released on Monday 25 January 2016 in relation to, inter alia, the ongoing investigation by CSA.

"We are hopeful that CSA is taking every measure to comprehensively investigate the allegations and enforce a 'Zero Tolerance' approach.

"However no one ever wants their brand associated with any dishonest activities and we are seriously considering the outcome of the matter before renewing our sponsorship." 

CSA last week banned former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi from all cricket-related activities for 20 years after he conspired to fix matches in the 2015 edition of the tournament. 

Haroon Lorgat, CSA's CEO, has since confirmed that an investigation is ongoing, but at this stage no other players have been named.

RAM have the option to extend their sponsorship of the tournament by another year and CSA, who would not comment further on the matter, confirmed on Thursday that those negotiations were currently taking place. 


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