In January 2010 Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Standard Bank launched the Schools Pro20 Challenge. The annual initiative is Standard Bank’s sixth cricket property, and is an extension of our existing sponsorship of the 20-over format in a development arena.
Following international trends of competitive school cricket, the Standard Bank Pro20 Challenge strengthens the existing structures that nurture the “development pipeline” of cricket in South Africa. As the only nationally coordinated amateur cricket programme, the Pro20 Challenge is designed to develop, grow and nurture future cricketers of South Africa.
In the inaugural tournament, 300 schools from around the country will participate in an initial round robin regional phase followed by a provincial eight-team play-off, culminating in a final. The schools have been nominated by CSA’s 16 affiliates.