Our own unique and World Cup’s favourite vuvuzela has been banned from all the Airtel Championship League Twenty20 (CLT20) matches, which begins this Friday 10, 2010 at Wanderers Stadium.
The opening match between the Highveld and Mumbai Indians- arch rivals for years’ -promises to live up to the expectations as they test each others capabilities.
According to the CLT20 Governing Council, they’re confident that fans will have an enjoyable experience at the matches, given the high quality of cricket on offer, and the top entertainment elements that have been sourced.
For South Africans this is an insult because this plastic tool is their culture, and form of entertainment particularly when attending soccer or any sporting matches. Yet, the council led by unpopular Gerald Majola seems to be singing a different tune altogether.
CLT20 governing council member Majola, said: “We have had various discussions with key stakeholders and we feel the vuvuzela is not appropriate for cricket.
“Fans at CLT20 matches will be treated to non-stop music, dancers, cheerleaders, and of course, the main attraction, and the action out in the middle.
“There is no doubt that the vuvuzela added to the atmosphere during the recent FIFA World Cup, but it is certainly not the sound of cricket.”
“Not appropriate for cricket” comments will irate certain members of the public, particularly soccer fanatics for taking such a hard stance.
The same treatment was meted out during the Tri-Nations game between Springboks against New Zealand at FNB Stadium recently were vuvuzela was not permitted.
Such miscalculated misgivings by the council could end up compromising the relationship fans have with the teams. If this is not ‘dancing with the wolves’ then my guess is good as yours!
The extravaganza which features 23 matches over 17 days, runs from September 10 to 26.
Tickets for CLT20 are available from Computicket. Tickets are priced from R30 to R200. Fans can also purchase tickets directly from the host venues.
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