KwaZulu-Natal Inland Cricket Union have confirmed a new name, and logo, for the Pietermaritzburg-based professional team.
In March this year, Inland management called on fans to suggest names for the team and five months later, one has been chosen.
The side will be known as the Tuskers and they will be campaigning in Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) new domestic structure, representing the KZN Midlands region.
CSA’s recently adopted structure saw South Africa doing away with the franchise system and reverting to the 15-team provincial unions, which consist of two divisions of eight and seven teams, respectively.
Initially, Inland weren’t part of the new system but after long discussions, the Pietermaritzburg outfit were finally included.
The Tuskers, who call the City Oval Stadium their home, will be competing in Division Two with an aim of gaining promotion to Division One in two years.
Inland boss Jason Sathiaseelan said the Tuskers name received the most votes ahead of other popular suggestions which included ‘Impi’ and ‘The Spears’.
“There were quite a few people who suggested that name (Tuskers) and what we are going to do is to put their names in a hat and we will draw out one person who will win a Tuskers shirt, as per our initial promise,” said Sathiaseelan.
The name has been well received by the players and the staff members at the City Oval Stadium. Betting giants, Hollywoodbets have acquired the naming rights of the new side.
“They (the players) really loved the Tuskers name, it’s something they can identify themselves with.
“It’s synonymous with the Inland region. Most would know that we have the elephant as a symbol and the players love to get involved with conservation and related (activities),” said Sathiaseelan.
The Tuskers are expected to start displaying their new branding at the start of October with a CSA T20 competition that will be played in a bio bubble environment.
“Because of Level 4 lockdown, we only started having proper training sessions from last week Monday and the guys have been working really and very hard,” explained Sathiaseelan.
“The new coach (Michael Smith) has been happy with what he has seen thus far. Apart from Luke Schlemmer, the rest of the players are in training.
“Luke has been playing club cricket in the UK, but he will come through this week.”