Sri Lanka will play host to the next generation of top cricket talent from September 10-16 when the world’s finest college cricketers face off at the 2017 Red Bull Campus Cricket World Final.
Teams from Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates earned qualification through fiercely competitive national tournaments and will line up in Colombo for the 2017 group stages from September 10-12.
The action will then move to Galle International Stadium for the semi-finals and final with last year’s champions, Sri Lanka’s Business Management School, aiming to win successive titles - a feat only previously achieved by Assupol Tuks Cricket (University of Pretoria).
Tournament director Brendon Kuruppu declared, “There’s nothing quite like a high-intensity tournament to test the mettle of developing cricketers, and that’s exactly what the Campus Cricket World Final is. You learn and improve from playing against the best. This tournament is a wonderful opportunity for players to pick each other’s brains and share their own knowledge on the game, while also showing the world what they’ve got.”
The 2016 World Final saw several last-over finishes, partly because of the Energiser Over where each batting side gets one per innings, with runs counting double, but any wickets lost will cost five penalty runs. This can be taken at any point after the Powerplay overs, and was used in 2016 to prompt either a mid-innings surge, or as part of teams’ acceleration at the end.