The Cricket boards of India and South Africa have today jointly announced that the upcoming series of India vs South Africa will be named as ‘Mahatma Gandhi-Mandela’ Series. The two boards have also decided that all the bilateral series played between them will be named as ‘Mahatma Gandhi-Mandela series’ in future.
South Africa will be touring India for a 70 days schedule which includes three T20s, five ODIs and four test matches. The test series is named as the Freedom Cup-a tribute to the great leaders for their struggle in bringing independence to their respective countries.
“The struggle for Freedom has been a common thread between our countries. Mahatma Gandhi and Mandela have struggled for freedom their nation with non-violence and non-cooperation as their only weapons. The method that Mandela and Gandhiji have adopted is an inspiration to the people of this world to attain things peacefully. we dedicate the trophy to Mahatma Gandhi-Mandela’-the guiding souls of our nation.” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya said.
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) President, Chris Nenzani, said: “The revered names of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela leave us with a huge responsibility to live up to the legacies they have left us. Above all else they stood for doing the right thing and persevered at great personal cost to achieve freedom for their country regardless of how long it took them.”, the Times of India reports.