CSA launch historic T20 match

2010-11-02 14:12
Gerald Majola (File)
Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday launched the historic Standard Bank International Pro20 match between South Africa and India, which will see the two teams battle it out for the inaugural Krish Mackerdhuj Trophy.

The commemorative match, to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the arrival of Indians in the South Africa, will be played at the world-class Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on January 9, 2011, and has the potential to draw the biggest crowd ever to watch a cricket match on the African continent.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday at Summer Place in Johannesburg, CSA CEO Gerald Majola said: “It is with much pride and humility that CSA honours the role that Indians have played in the history of our nation and the progress of our cricket both here and abroad with this match between the Proteas and India at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.”

The trophy for the match is named after the late Krish Mackerdhuj, a former UCSA president and a pioneer of the cricketing relations between South Africa and India.

“This will be an historic occasion to mark this wonderful bond between South Africa and the Indian community going back 150 years.”

CSA will also honour the first ever South African team to tour India in the Friendship Tour back in 1991.

“When Clive Rice’s team landed by chartered aircraft at Dum Dum Airport in the-then Calcutta, thousands of Indians were there to greet them with garlands of flowers.

“The route to Calcutta was lined by tens of thousands of Indians, cheering and throwing flowers at the team cavalcade.

“When the first ODI took place a few days later at the famous Eden Gardens, the 100 000-seater was packed to the rafters.

“This was a signal from India to the world that a new South Africa had been born and should be welcomed by all.”

Bollywood heavyweights, Shahrukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, will lead a star-studded line-up that will perform in the New Age Friendship Celebration Concert, which brings together leading entertainment stars from South Africa and India.

The match gets underway at 14:30. The concert starts at 18:30.

Tickets are priced between R100-R450 for the historic event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which includes a Standard Bank International Pro20 match as well as The New Age Friendship Celebration Concert.

“A limited number of tickets at R100 have been made available for the historic event at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on January 9, 2010. These tickets are aimed at the local community in Durban, and will be sold to previously disadvantaged communities with interest in cricket. As such, these tickets will only be sold through local cricket clubs affiliated to the KwaZulu Natal Cricket Union,” added Mr. Majola

The Indian Tour to South Africa also includes a five-match MTN One Day International series and a three-match Castle Test series.

Tickets for the ODIs are priced between R70-R260 while fans can expect to pay between R20-R80 per day to Test cricket.

Tickets for all matches can be purchased online at, at Postnet stores and at all host venues.

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