RAM SLAM could do with a few tweaks
The RAM T20 competition is drawing to a close on Sunday with the final between the Titans and the Lions taking place at the Wanderers. The two best teams are in the final and the match itself should be an exciting affair.
It is particularly good to see the international players back at their various franchises. This adds to the profile of the event and will ensure a high standard of T20 cricket.
As far as the tournament is concerned, one should always look to either stay on par with what is happening in the rest of the world or be slightly ahead in terms of the profile of the event. At present the four most respected T20 competitions around the world is the IPL, Big Bash, RAM SLAM T20 and the English competition.
It is worth considering condensing the South African T20 competition into a shorter time frame. A tournament of three weeks will be dynamic and exciting and capture the imagination of the public. The feeling is that the tournament is too long at present. This time a large part of the fixture list clashed with international matches. It will always be difficult to find a period in the busy programme that doesn’t clash with internationals, but a shorter event may mean that less of the local T20 matches will be affected by international clashes.
A better calibre of overseas player will add to the glamour of the competition. Two overseas players per franchise are permitted at the moment. Some of the overseas players used in this year’s event were hardly better than the local payers they replaced. If overseas players are to be used the sensible thing will be to try and find the best possible international stars.
On the marketing side there are some exciting innovations that have been used with good effect around the world. It will be a good idea to assess some of these and determine if they are suitable for our local game. T20 cricket is about entertainment and every effort should be made to give value for money to the spectator for the three hour period that a match generally lasts.
In the meantime, all eyes are on the Wanderers. The Lions have come very close to winning this title over the last few years. Can they beat the Titans at the Bullring? They will have to be at their very best.