Fans poke fun at Cricket SA

2011-11-03 22:21

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - Sport24's cricket fans have poked fun at Cricket South Africa (CSA) after a new sponsor was named for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

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Sunfoil Pure Sunflower Cooking Oil, manufactured by the Pietermaritzburg-based Willowton Group, will sponsor the two-Test series, starting at Newlands on November 9.

CSA has been embroiled in controversy this year after a so-called bonus scandal involving missing millions, which according to earlier reports, is the main reason behind CSA's inability to obtain big sponsors.

The Proteas' Test and limited overs teams are sponsored by Castle Lager, which is showcased on their playing and practice kits but it doesn't sponsor the tournaments itself.

South Africa's recently-concluded T20 and one-day series against Australia failed to attract a significant sponsor.

The country's domestic one-day and T20 competitions are also without a sponsor, with the 50-over competition now being called the 1 Day Cup.

This is a far cry from the heady days of the Standard Bank Cup and before that the Benson & Hedges Night Series, when sponsors remained in the saddle for long periods. The tobacco company was the country's main one-day sponsor for 15 years until Standard Bank took over in 1996. Local cellular giants, MTN, sponsored the domestic competition for the last few seasons.

And cricket fans are already taking aim at CSA, with many having their say on Sport24's comments section on Thursday.

"What a fall from grace! Standard Bank, MTN, to sunflower oil? surely they are on a slippery slope!!," marazor wrote.

"hell...what is happening to CSA that we should get such lower grade oil as sponsors? Can we really not get bigger names to support the boys? Where is are big names?," Craig Scannell wrote.

Kosie van der Merwe said: "the big names are not interested because of all the corruption in CSA".

"Ironic sponsor, oil for a corrupt sport,"  goyougoodthing wrote.

Michael Jubiler said: "Desperate times... who would want to sponsor anything to do with CSA and their greedy thieving paws..."

"What a disgrace that no corporate sponsor wants to be associated with the national cricket team - can you blame them?" said Albertus Viljoen.

There were, however, those who saw the lighter side of things and added a bit of humour.

David Claase had this to say: "So instead of 'Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole' it will be 'Oil-e, Oil-e, Oil-e...'
Does this make the Proteas a well-oiled machine?
At least we all know what they'll do if the chips are down...they'll fry them!
There might now be some confusion when the commentators refer to the 'batter...'
From now on there will be a new fielding position - deep-fried midwicket... "

"and the man of match is....will..... pls come forward to receive his Sunfoil Pure Sunflower Cooking Oil man of the match trophy....!!!!" Paul Mark Maarman wrote.


  • Jean-Paul - 2011-11-03 23:06

    Ok , i will go and buy Sunfoil cooking oil , to support the boys , as was never going to change banks nor my cellphone number / company , I think this type of sponsoring will work. Well done Sunfoil

      Gungets - 2011-11-04 06:23

      I wonder how much they paid for the Series naming rights. These guys are a tight as whales noughts, I am guessing it was a bit of a bargain - considering that we gave the 20/Twenty away to charity because we could not even find a sponsor. I guess Joe Average will never know, we will have to rely on it being leaked. ---> not going to change my brand of cooking oil either - until they have a sponsor who produces olive oil.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 07:53

      Protea's to be renamed the Sunflowers? Will they still be seeded 3rd in the world?

      Jono - 2011-11-04 09:19

      The reason for no sponsors are... 1) No one goes and watches the games because cricket is so flippen boring, 2) No one goes and buys the product who sponsor them or invests in that product or service, 3) The idiots who are running the show are corrupt and they only care about themselves, 4) and maybe the big sponsors are the only ones that can see that the local cricket and even international cricket is is not fun and interesting for the fans anymore (and i mean that with all sincerity) and obviously because of that it is not financially profitable for them anymore. NO FANS NO money Time for a new big summer sport???

      Gungets - 2011-11-04 10:21

      @Alan - seeded .. hahha

      Jeff - 2011-11-04 16:08

      Jono-everything that is 'transformed' becomes a mess-up.

  • mojay786 - 2011-11-04 01:17

    Finally a Muslim owned company that Hashim will feel proud to wear their logo.

      Gary - 2011-11-04 02:31

      It's only the tournament sponsor. They will still have Castle Lager on the shirts...

      Alan - 2011-11-04 08:12

      I think this sponsorship is related to the Greece BAILout.

  • Mike - 2011-11-04 05:17

    This sponsor will make fielding in the slips more difficult

      Alan - 2011-11-04 07:55

      Bring back Jimmy Cook

  • Anoop - 2011-11-04 05:28

    The South African will be fried if they don't win the Test series,

      Gerald - 2011-11-04 06:48

      With all of that oil around hope taht they dont say the Proteas have hade their chips

      Alan - 2011-11-04 07:58

      Dont worry Boet - the Protea's are a slick outfit.

  • Gungets - 2011-11-04 05:51

    How ironic. Sponsored by a company that has about the most dubious business ethics in the FMCG business in South Africa. Speak to people who have worked for them, or done business with them, and a nasty picture emerges. How sad that this once pinnacle sport has sunk so low on the credibility ranking that blue chip (sic) sponsors no lobger participate.

  • Gungets - 2011-11-04 05:53

    From Blue Chip sponsor to Fried Chip sponsor. At least it is eco-friendly compared to Sasol.

      Gerald - 2011-11-04 06:52

      Whose palms were "oiled"

      Gungets - 2011-11-04 08:49

      And I hope that we can turn the Aussies into Slap Chips. ---> John Smit's book is called "Captain in the Cauldron", I reckon ou Hashim should call his book "Captain in the Deep Fryer". With due respect to Hashim of course - he is the man, I won't hear disrespect for him.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 08:54

      Yaaah - but it's "Stood the Taste of Time"

      Alan - 2011-11-04 08:58

      Hashim is fielding in the deep now? Better in the slips.

  • Raymond - 2011-11-04 07:18

    Well, oil be damned.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 08:08

      Does the first test start on Fryday?

  • Dhirshan - 2011-11-04 07:41

    hope they dont slip up . . . on some oil

  • Alan - 2011-11-04 07:52

    Relllaaaax - it's still Oily days....

  • Heiner - 2011-11-04 07:58

    The reason nobody wants to sponsore them is because they always ooze!

  • Ballito - 2011-11-04 08:01

    The guy says lower grade oil and trust me pretty much all his take out has the very same family has been using sunfoil oil for many a year and have no problem but as usual let me gues u are white so it says it all yourll are not really big cooks and that your menu is very small.Poor white guy yet again not happy.Wake up dude this is a sponsorship its for free MAHALA you retard wit ou Craig SNORKEL

      Gungets - 2011-11-04 08:18

      I reckon using Sunfoil really stuffs up your writing skills, spelling and punctuation.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 08:45

      Perhaps Lower grade education caused the slip ups?

      Alan - 2011-11-04 08:48

      ... so much friction between you two.....

      odupreez - 2011-11-04 12:56

      Who's palms are going to be "greased" with the oil ? .

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-04 08:59

    Ha guess we Sa fans are so narrow minded, what is better not having a sponsor and being embarrased , I can say this much the willowton oil is not a small company they are well recognised respected rich compnay

      Alan - 2011-11-04 09:02

      Our boys will proudly wield the WILLOW

      Alan - 2011-11-04 09:04

      whaahaa .. and score a TON ..... (willowton)

      Gungets - 2011-11-04 09:25

      @Sabiha - most of us are just having some fun, but I do suggest that you do not open the debate on the amount of respect that Willowton Oil and Cake has in the industry. Or their import/transform/export leeway granted by SARS that is never extended to other industry participants. Then you can also look at their environmental record where they are known polluters of the air and the Msunduzi river. You are right, they are a well recognised, rich company - let's leave it at that. ---> My main issue is not that they are the sponsor, but rather that the large multinationals that might benefit from international exposure, we are playing Australia after all, have decided to NOT sponsor cricket. It is a sad state of affairs when a domestic basic food provider gets the naming rights because others simply decline to make an offer. Something stinks in cricket and it is not deep fried fish ...

      Alan - 2011-11-04 09:51

      CSA are the Alpha and the OMEGA

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-04 09:56

      @Alan, dude, you came up with some sure-fire remarks today. Had me laughing at my desk, people starting to stare.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 10:09

      Easy Johnny - dont want to get yourself into hot oil there.

  • Karel - 2011-11-04 09:53

    Nou kan Amlha ook n sponser op sy hemp kry dan lyk hy nie so eensaam nie of hoe?

  • Deon - 2011-11-04 09:53

    The 3 wise men of soccer also received big bonusses and no one complained. The millions that "went missing" was not misplaced. I have no problems in people getting bonusses for good work or getting a tournament. Move on.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 10:04

      yeah - 'We three kings of the Orient are....."

  • Jay - 2011-11-04 11:31

    Looks like SA cricket is literally on a slippery road to disaster..LOL LOL...regardless of the corruption if the boys won a few trophies the sponsors wouldnt go anywhere,now the sponsors have two reasons to bounce......just a 411 to Sunfoil,,,I prefer Canola lol

  • Shirley - 2011-11-04 11:36

    Why do we always judge a group by 1 or 2 [maybe 3 or 4] individuals. Bottom line is they have a sponsor. There are a lot of talented players in this country and I think its a shame that their careers will suffer because of the dirty deeds of others! I think fans of cricket should stop being "draad sitters" and decide if they are behind the proteas or not. Which ever they choose,stick to it and stop being fair weather fans! New summer,new sponsor, new coach. Go boys and prove the doubters wrong!

      Gungets - 2011-11-04 12:45

      Lady - shirley you must be joking. I have not seen a single criticism of the team here. Not one. It is all taking the p#ss out of the fact that we are sponsored by a company that flogs cooking oil. COOKING OIL. Seriously .. this has nothing to do with the players.

  • justyn.harrison - 2011-11-04 11:39

    Man of the match gets a 5 litre, heart attack in a bottle

  • Omrisho - 2011-11-04 11:48

    love the humour :)

  • Gordon - 2011-11-04 12:35

    They must just make sure it is cholesterol free!!

  • Steve - 2011-11-04 13:13

    Is it time the greased palms at the top resign?Clearly this whole affair requires some integrity.

  • amarillomanzana - 2011-11-05 23:41

    Now if Shaun Pollock was still playing we could call the team Polly-unsaturated :P

  • Raymond - 2011-11-07 07:49

    How about Sunfoil sunglasses as a summer marketing tool?

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