Mabhida clash annual event?

2011-01-12 10:05

Johannesburg - Gerald Majola, Cricket South Africa’s CEO, on Wednesday welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s suggestion that the historic international match held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday become an annual event.

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Majola said: “First up, CSA would like to thank both President Zuma and the public for making Sunday’s match at Moses Mabhida Stadium such a spectacular success, heralding a new era for South African cricket and adding much value to the nation’s tourism profile.

“President Zuma’s suggestion for an annual event of this kind at this great stadium is an excellent one. CSA’s home international tours are governed by the International Cricket Council’s future tours programme and so we would have to have a close look at how we can repeat Sunday’s experience as an extra tour match in the future. We would also need the ICC’s permission to hold an extra match with international status, as happened for Sunday’s contest between South Africa and India.

“CSA would also need the co-operation of the Department of Arts and Culture, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund Agency to make the event an annual one.

“The event was such a resounding success that CSA is confident that it can persuade all stakeholders to consider President Zuma’s suggestion most favourably.

“Once again, we thank him for his patronage and look forward to working with the Presidency in the future again on similar projects.”


  • crazydude - 2011-01-12 10:26

    Why not try it again with Australia later this year? Australia are going to play T20s at their Olympic Stadium now too. This could be a great cash cow for CSA.

      quack - 2011-01-12 11:00

      what was so embarassing about the crowd ?? That lots were Indian supporters ?

      spiderkzn - 2011-01-12 11:35

      possible next year. it would be nice to host Australia or England :)

      vicj - 2011-01-12 12:05

      Who are our Indians friends going to support?

      Jayxer - 2011-01-12 12:57

      It just looks to the rest of the world that Durban is a third-world city. Sorry to be so politically incorrect.

  • themantshepo - 2011-01-12 11:07

    why not at soccer city??? in soweto.... it will be a much greater occasion i can assure you

      spiderkzn - 2011-01-12 11:33

      Cant, due to size of ground of Soccer City that not fit for T20 cricket.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-12 11:41

    At least someone can use this stadium. funny its big enough to play cricket and yet The Sutcliffe crew think watching rugby from 120 meters away is fine...

      crazydude - 2011-01-12 13:07

      The NZ Super 14 teams are playing on fields designed to be used for cricket. The sightlines at MMS are actually better than Kings Park.

  • Spade - 2011-01-12 12:09

    Does that mean Makhaya Ntini will be playing in a farewell game once a year from now on?

      Only Truth - 2011-01-12 14:14

      Ha hahahahahahahah are funny chief. Thanks for making me laugh.

  • Shane - 2011-01-12 12:55

    @munchies if you dont like it move to austrailia or englang. maybe you'll feel more at home.

      munchies - 2011-01-12 13:25

      I love SA, it just kills me to see fellow country men supporting another country. If you were loyal to SA you would feel the same.

      mupet-killer - 2011-01-12 13:44

      @MUNCHIES WELL SAID. those idiots who were born in sa but back india give us 'indian protea' fans a bad name. AND WHY THE FK DID THEY MAKE THE PLAYING SURFACE AT MOSES EVEN SMALLER BY PUTTING THE BOUNDARY ROPES RIGHT IN?

      Tembo - 2011-01-12 14:30

      Munchies which soccer team do you support ?

      munchies - 2011-01-13 09:22

      @Tembo - I actually do not watch football. But I see where you are going with your comment anyway. You believe that I would have supported a European team. Which if I were a football fan, may be true. However, I don't see a problem with supporting a foreign provincial/regional team. This is not a sign of patriotism towards your country. However, been born, educated and claiming to be a South African but then supporting another team is not right. Especially when in our country people are graded differently depending on the colour of your skin. Just because 5 generations ago my descendants came from Scotland, does not mean I am a Scottish fan. Fair enough it is was 2nd choice team, but if SA is playing Scotland in any sport, I support South Africa!

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-12 13:35

    GIVE CRICKET OUR OWN STADIUM for goodness sake. why must we borrow a soccer stadium? oz have mcg, eng have lords, ind-eden gardens. build 1 for us. its pathetic that a huge cricket nation has a biggest stadium of 28 000 capacity-at the wanderers. 10 top stadiums were built for world cup-all cricket needs is 1 . . with no old-fashioned grass banks all over the place please.

      Only Truth - 2011-01-12 14:21

      Hey crack me chief. I love your comments cause I'm always laughing when I read them. Are you a comedian?

      mupet-killer - 2011-01-12 15:30

      haha yes, mzansi 4 sho

      mupet-killer - 2011-01-12 15:36

      hey you laugh at me i will litrelly crack you up. lol joking. ya the T-20 with all those 'sa born' indian fans made me sick(im indian btw). they should f of back to delhi, what you say boety? they give people like me a bad name

  • diranp - 2011-01-12 13:55

    So I guess a stadium full of white South Africans will make us a 1st world country.. So Munchies did you think the ANC was going to make white people the 2nd most Important on BEE ( Black Empowerment ) ratings....

      munchies - 2011-01-13 09:12

      Sorry boet, this is not a race issue. I would be happy with any race been in the crowd. If they are South African then support South Africa. Its really not a hard concept.

  • Only Truth - 2011-01-12 14:19

    Ok, it was a resounding success but I just wanna know, will it always be a MMS or it will rotate to other SWC Stadiums too e.g FNB/Royal Bafokeng?? And secondly, after witnessing all the Durbanites support India on Sunday, I say it must not go to Durbs again or invite another team like Aussies/ England.

  • diranp - 2011-01-12 14:36

    @ Only Truth,you missing the point, the South African Government doesn't care about a cricket match, the reason is simple. Keep the South African Indians happy so they keep voting for the ANC, India is the fastest growing economy in the world and obviously South Africa wants to be part of that... Also the reason why Jacob Zuma suggested to have it in Durban every year is to celebrate the arrival of the Indian people... And again securing the Indian vote...........

      mupet-killer - 2011-01-12 15:37

      any indian who was born here but backs india should f of and go live in asia

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