Written by: Dave Macleod
Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium primed for T20 Challenge
Durban – Following a successful hosting of the recent Momentum Proteas
series against Pakistan, Cricket South Africa has entrusted
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket and Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium to host a
bio-secure environment (BSE) for the upcoming CSA T20 Challenge starting
This year’s T20 Challenge will feature the vast majority of nationally
contracted players which makes this one of the most anticipated
tournaments of the season. In addition to the country’s focus on Durban,
this series will also be broadcast to Australia, India and North America
giving the players and organisers the opportunity to showcase the
product to a wider, international audience.
The recent women’s series in Durban was the first time a BSE had been
hosted in Durban and the organisers and staff at Kingsmead were happy
with the success of the two and a half week bubble.
“Being our first hosting of a bio-secure environment, some of the
training and playing conditions were new to us but we are happy with how
quickly we managed to put things into place,” Hollywoodbets Kingsmead
Stadium Stadium Manager Asif Khan said.
“There is so much that has to go into preparing practice facilities,
change rooms, playing facilities and travel arrangements but the team
here was very efficient in getting everything done for the players and
staff that came in every day.
“We were proud of the work that we did and are looking forward to
hosting another BSE here at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium for the CSA
T20 Challenge and will make sure it is another success.”
With seventeen matches scheduled for the competition over the ten day
period it’s going to be a busy fortnight for all the staff in charge of
preparing pitches and facilities for the teams.
CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom added that the Union has been hard
at work preparing for the competition and covering all logistical issues
that might arise.
“We’ve got a number of fields that will be used for team training and we
have put in place tight measures at all facilities throughout Durban to
keep players and other personnel safe,” Strydom said.
“Having hosted a BSE already this season we have the basics in place but
we know that hosting six teams is going to be a bigger ask. It’s a
challenge that we have taken head-on and the staff have put in every
measure necessary to make it as safe as possible.
“Good luck to all the franchises taking part,” Strydom added.
The competitions first day of double-headers is this Friday, 19 February
when the Momentum Multiply Titans take on the VKB Knights followed by
the Hollywoodbets Dolphins playing the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras.
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Stadium will host the 2021 CSA T20 Challenge from 19-28 February in a
bio-secure environment following on from KZN Cricket's successful
hosting of the BSE during the Momentum Proteas versus Pakistan tour.
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