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Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge
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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.

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A few interuptions by rain around South Africa has been to blame for a change in the finals of the 2009/2010 Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge.

So far the 20-over competition has seen knock out round robin tournaments played. The top provincial teams are now facing each other for a spot in the Franchise Finals on 20 March. That will leave only six top teams to play in the final on 27-28 March at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

The Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge is definitely creating new opportunities. Many schools are enjoying the concept, and the fact that they are seeing more of the wicket is very rewarding.