CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA and the franchise sponsors sent its two representatives, the bizhub Highveld Lions and The Unlimited Titans, their best wishes for a successful tournament on the eve of the fifth edition of the Champions League T20 tournament in India.
The two franchises qualified to represent CSA by virtue of reaching the final of the RAM SLAM T20 at the end of last season.
The qualifying round of the CL T20 started today while the competition proper starts on Saturday. The Unlimited Titans play their opening match in Group B on Sunday against the Chennai Super Kings (16h30 CAT) while the bizhub Highveld Lions start in Group A on Monday against the Perth Scorchers (12h30 CAT).
“CSA sends its best wishes to both our competing franchises,” commented CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat, “and I am sure they will represent us with pride. This is an important showcase of the strength of our domestic professional cricket and is also a window of opportunity for our players to compete against some of the best in the world.
“It was in this tournament a year ago that David Wiese, who will again be competing in the colours of The Unlimited Titans, laid down the marker that led to his earning his Proteas colours in this format on the recent tour to Sri Lanka.”
Steph Bester, CEO The Unlimited, commented: “It is truly awesome for us to partner with a team (The Unlimited Titans) that not only makes it supporters proud in SA but also gets the chance to do it internationally. I send best wishes to captain Henry Davids, coach Rob Walter and the team for everything of the best. The final is only a few weeks away!”
Alan Griffith, Managing Director of Konica Minolta South Africa, commented: “We have watched the team’s progress (bizhub Highveld Lions) over the past two years and know that they are sufficiently prepared for the world stage they are about to play on. The team did remarkably well during the CL T20 2012 in South Africa last year and they have set the benchmark for themselves. We wish them well and look forward to seeing our premier brand, bizhub, on the shirt of South Africa’s premier team.”