Cape Town - The second edition of South Africa’s university T20 cricket tournament, Varsity Cricket, will kick off on Monday, January 25, 2016.
Potchefstroom will once again play host to the thrilling six-day tournament, where South Africa’s top universities will compete for the ultimate title in university cricket.
The winners will represent South Africa at the 2016 Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals. Winners of the inaugural competition, University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks), successfully defended their Red Bull Campus title in India this year and will look to make it three in a row in 2016.
There will be 25 hard-hitting, high tempo T20 matches hosted by three venues: the Puk Oval, the Ibbies Oval and Senwes Park.
These matches will be played in a round robin format and the teams finishing in the top four will contest the semifinals.
The victors of those two semi-finals will slug it out on Saturday 30 January for the right to be crowned 2016 Varsity Cricket champions.
“In this second edition we once again look forward to unearthing new, young and exciting talent,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“If we look at last season’s inaugural tournament some of the emerging stars included the likes of Ruben Claassen, Jerry Nqolo, Bjorn Fortuin and Tshepo Ntuli who have all gone on to make their mark at franchise level this season.
Interestingly, three of these are spin bowlers which augurs well for the development of this particular art.
“There is also the prospect of adding more new fans to the game with the Varsity Cricket format offering the perfect opportunity to do so,” added Lorgat.
Cricket fans can also look forward to viewing a number of televised matches, which will be broadcast live on SuperSport. These include both semi-finals and the final.
Apart from the electrifying on-field action, spectators can expect a range of activities and giveaways.