Titans Cricket has announced the impending launch of the Global Cricket Tournament set to take place early 2023 from 4-6 January, and with the first edition will focus on women’s cricket.
Three teams will take part in the inaugural edition of the GCT: Eastern Storm, DP World Lions and Fidelity Titans; and will feature star Protea players including Suné Luus, Masabata Klaas as well as Anneke Bosch.
Each team will feature four marquee players, four rookies, three under 23 players, and two internationals, which bodes well for the younger players who will benefit from sharing the dressing room with established players.
The competition will see players travelling from Japan and Namibia to fill the international spaces in the three teams.
The Global Cricket Tournament was birthed as a strategic repositioning of Titans Global, a special project designed by Titans Cricket to globalise the Titans brand and see them taking part in international cricket tournaments.
Titans Cricket CEO Dr Jacques Faul: “I’m thrilled that we’ve made so much progress in the planning of the Global Cricket Tournament. It’s a tournament that’s been a long time coming.”
“It’s very rewarding to see something that was once a vision come to life. Everything in terms of venue, fixtures and has been confirmed so we are excited to for the on-field action to begin.”
“I must give credit to Birgitta Wasserfall, who is the Project Lead for the Global Cricket Tournament, she has put in a lot of work to bring us to bring point and I have no doubt that this competition will turn out to be a success.”
Wasserfall weighs in, “The goal for me was very clear from the moment I was brought in and I’m pleased with the work we’ve done so far. The real marker for success will be when we crown the inaugural GCT winners.”
“It was important for me that we begin with a women’s tournament and I think with the format and layout, the main benefactors will be the players that take part and the development of the younger girls involved which will bode well for their careers.” Wasserfall explained.
Unlike many tournaments for women, the GCT is well supported, they have partnered with some high-profile sponsors that will aid in the growth of this brand. The title sponsor will be John Deere, and the tournament will include commercial partners in Steers, Renault, Khoi Tech, aQuelle, SAB, IXU and Centurion Hotel.
Faul is grateful to the partners that have helped them make this tournament a possibility. “I must give credit to the organisations that have backed us, they’ve shown great vision and enthusiasm and have really put their money where their mouth is as far as supporting women’s cricket,” he added.
The Main Cricket Oval at Irene Country Club will be the host venue for the Global Cricket Tournament with the opening match taking place on Thursday, 4 January between Eastern Storm and the Lions.
Main Photo Caption: The debut edition of a new groundbreaking competition called the Global Cricket Tournament launching in January 2024 will feature three women’s teams, made up of four marquee players, four rookies, three U23s and two internationals. Photo: Supplied
Photo 2 Caption: The Global Cricket Tournament set to take place early 2023 from 4-6 January on the Main Oval of the Irene Country Club. Photo: Supplied
Photo 3 Caption: The tournament promises to feature star Protea players including Suné Luus, Masabata Klaas as well as Anneke Bosch. Photo: Supplied