Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have jointly announced that upcoming future bilateral series’ between two nations will be known as “The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series” and both teams will play for “Freedom Trophy”. All future test series’ will be played as Gandhi-Mandela series to honor these two legends.
Both Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela played crucial role for the freedom of respective countries. These two has been known as the symbol of non-violence and their attitude towards the freedom struggle was peaceful. They are the inspiration for youth. BCCI President Mr. Jagmohan Dalmia also mentioned the efforts of Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Mandela.
In a media release, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmia said, “The struggle for freedom has been the common thread between our countries. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela liberated our nations with non-violence and non-co-operation as their weapons which have inspired the world, to adopt and achieve their goals in a peaceful manner. We dedicate this trophy to Mahatma and Madiba, the guiding souls of our nations.”
CSA Chief executive Mr. Haroon Lorgat said, “For the people of both our countries there is no greater duty than to uphold the ideals of both Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. As cricket loving people we must fight hard to win on the field of play but never forget to do battle in the spirit of these two great men. Naming all future bilateral series between our two countries after Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela is eternal news for our people and cricketers and I would like to thank the Nelson Mandela Foundation for their support.”
India will be hosting South Africa in October-November month for 4 tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s.