The new addition to the tournament is aimed at spreading the talent search net wider and will see tournament ambassador, Temba Bavuma, and a team of cricket experts, attend all 6 of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge franchise finals in search of outstanding players in the teams that do not qualify for the national finals.
“I’m very excited to join Coca-Cola on this journey of searching for some of South Africa’s excelling youth cricketers,” commented Bavuma. “I’m incredibly proud to be associated with the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge and as a player, I believe that this is a great platform for young cricketers to showcase their skills and gain valuable experience. I look forward to seeing all the talent that will be unearthed this year,” added the Standard Bank Proteas batsman.
The Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge is fast becoming synonymous with showcasing the best, up and coming in South African cricket talent. Since its inception, the tournament has seen Proteas superstars, Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi, as well as recently appointed Proteas ODI captain Aiden Markram.
Michelle Cloete, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola South Africa said, “Coca-Cola has been a proud sponsor of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge for the past five years. The tournament is where heroes are made, and this year we look forward to taking it to the next level by unearthing the future cricket heroes through our All-Star team search that will be led by Proteas superstar Temba Bavuma. Good luck to all the players taking part in this year’s tournament, may it be the start of a long, fruitful career in cricket.”
“Coca-Cola are one of our longest-serving sponsors and we treasure the partnership we have had with them for a very long period of time,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “The Coca-Cola T20 Schools Tournament can be regarded as our version of the FA Cup as it potentially gives every school the chance to compete first for provincial, then franchise and finally national honours.
“I am very excited about the All-Star initiative and the fact that some of our Hubs players will get the chance to play on a major stage,” concluded Mr. Moroe.
The three-day national finals will take place at the University of Pretoria Cricket Oval from 16-18 March, and will see the six franchise winners, as well as two of the best schools out of CSA’s Focus Schools programme, battle it out to be named the 2018 Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge champions.