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India vs South Africa T20 series to launch Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations
India will play a three-match T20 series with South Africa starting with the first match in Johannesburg on February 18. The matches will be played in honour of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations
Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will launch the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations at the upcoming International T20 double-header featuring the South African women’s and the South Africa men’s cricket teams playing against their Indian counterparts.
The centenary celebration programme aims to honour the values and legacy of former President Nelson Mandela. The double-header will be played at the Wanderers Stadium on February 18 (Sunday). The matches will also serve as a celebration of 20 years of diplomatic relations between India and South Africa.
As a further significance, the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations, also coincides with the 125th anniversary of when Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train at the Pietmaritzburg Railway station after he refused to move from a whites’ only compartment.
India were the first country to introduce sanctions against the apartheid regime. It was also the first team to tour South Africa in 1992, after South Africa were re-admitted into international cricket after the end of the apartheid era.
The program for the day will see the South African women team take on India in a T20 clash in the morning, followed by a short ceremonial program highlighting the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations. This will be followed by the T20 International match between the Proteas and India in the afternoon.
India and South Africa are contesting the ODI series. The sixth and final match will be played in Centurion on February 16 (Friday). India lead 4-1. Virat Kohli’s team lost the Test series 2-1.