Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) said
at the launch of the Varsity Cricket tournament that they are confident the
competition will be a great success with plenty of exciting prospects as it
prepares to launch its inaugural season.
Varsity Cricket forms part of the Varsity Sports group and
the tournament, which begins on February 3, 2015, will feature South Africa’s
top eight universities.
CSA and Varsity Cricket will be working together to provide
a platform for students to show case their cricketing prowess during the
six-day jamboree in Potchefstroom. All of the players who feature in the
competition will hail from the universities involved.
Francois Pienaar, founder of Varsity Sports, is excited
about the brand Varsity Sports is adding to its repertoire.
“This is yet another fantastic opportunity for Varsity
Sports to extend its footprint in the South African sporting landscape. I'm
very excited to see what the competition dishes up and about the opportunities
that this tournament will offer to our young cricketers from the country's top
universities,” Pienaar said.
Backed by Samsung as the main sponsor, the teams will slog
it out for the honour to represent the country at the prestigious Red Bull
Campus Cricket World Final which will take place in India in the latter part of
The universities taking part are University of Pretoria
(Tuks), University of Stellenbosch (Maties), North-West University (Pukke),
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), University of Cape Town (UCT),
University of the Free State (Kovsies), University of Western Cape (UWC) and
the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
The matches will be played across three venues with the Puk
Oval, Ibbies Oval and Senwes Park all playing host to the Varsity Cricket
The action will hot up from the get-go with a mammoth clash
between Tuks and NMMU headlining the day at the Senwes Park at 19:00. As the
current Red Bull Campus Cricket World T20 champions, this offers yet another
opportunity for Tuks to showcase what makes them one of the strongest teams in
The tournament climaxes on 8 February 2015 with a bumper day
of semi-finals and the final all to take place on the Sunday.
The all-student affair is something CSA finds exciting,
especially so close to the Cricket World Cup.
“We are confident that this tournament will offer a new
platform to unearth young and exciting talent alongside the star players that
would already be on show with some of our Under-19 World Cup winning stars a
part of the University Teams,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“There is also an opportunity to add new fans to the game.
With the Proteas currently ranked number one in the world and soon on their way
to the World Cup in Australasia, it’s important for us to rally and grow our
fan base. The Varsity Cricket format offers the perfect opportunity to do so,”
Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Sports, echoed these
sentiments and added that it’s another opportunity to grow university
competitions in the country.
“The inaugural Varsity Cricket competition promises to be
full of excitement. The Varsity Sports brand continues to grow and the focus on
university competitions is becoming very important.”
“We have seen these competitions be really successful in
cricket-loving countries like India, Australia, the United Kingdom and New
Zealand and it offers potential future stars exposure they would not have had
before,” Bosman added.
“There are likely to be a few scouts keeping a keen eye on
the tournament which could set the platform for a future career for some of the
Off the field, DJs, cheerleaders and dedicated entertainment
areas will ensure that for the week that Varsity Cricket is in town, the
partying in Potch never stops.