In October, the Nelson Mandela University outfit lost by four runs to University of Pretoria in the USSA final and captain Lloyd Brown said they were keen to prove a point next week.
Eight universities will be vying for the title of student T20 champions, playing round-robin matches before the top four contest the semifinals.
Madibaz captain Lloyd Brown said they had much the same squad from the USSA final and had been focusing on their Twenty20 skills.
“We want to play free and positive cricket, but understanding that you need to execute your skills under pressure. That’s what it often comes down to.”
He felt Warriors players such as opening batsman Eddie Moore and fast bowler Lutho Sipamla would add good experience to the squad, while batsman Matthew Christensen and young legspinner Kyle Jacobs could also be key performers.
The tournament will again have the Power Play Plus rule.
This rule gives a team double the number of runs they score during an over of their choice and allows the captain of the fielding side to select the bowler he would like to bowl.
And for every wicket they lose during that over, the batting side lose five runs.
“They have modified it a bit to make it a little fairer, such as no fielding restrictions, but it is still quite tactical,” said Brown.
“It adds another dimension, but it does make captaining pretty stressful.”