Freedom Trophy: India vs South Africa series to be named after Gandhi and Mandela

The Test series between the respective countries will be played for the 'Freedom Trophy', which is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

hidden September 01, 2015 10:15:19 IST
Freedom Trophy: India vs South Africa series to be named after Gandhi and Mandela

The BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced that they will title all future bilateral series between the two countries - 'The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series'.

The Test series between the respective countries will be played for the 'Freedom Trophy', which is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

Freedom Trophy India vs South Africa series to be named after Gandhi and Mandela

South Africa's AB de Villiers. AP

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, 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."

Secretary Anurag Thakur, said:"The Test Series has been christened as the 'Freedom Trophy'. Freedom for which Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela sacrificed their lives and thereby allowed a nation to be born free from years of bondage and suppression."

"BCCI, on behalf of every citizen of our country is able to pay tribute to these great leaders by naming the series after them and appeal to each and every citizen of our country to imbibe their ideals and follow the path advised by them," he added.

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.

CSA Chief Executive, 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," concluded Lorgat.

PTI

Updated Date:

also read

‘Indian cricket should swallow pride and look at England for inspiration’: Michael Vaughan
First Cricket News

‘Indian cricket should swallow pride and look at England for inspiration’: Michael Vaughan

English cricket has a trendsetting team the rest of the world should emulate according to Michael Vaughan. England are the undisputed white-ball champions.

Hindutva and Hind Swaraj | Does India need a new Constitution?
India

Hindutva and Hind Swaraj | Does India need a new Constitution?

It took almost three years, from 9 December 1946 to 26 November 1949, for the Constitution to be scripted. The Chairman of the Drafting Committee was BR Ambedkar

IPL 2023 mini-auction: Franchises request BCCI to reschedule to avoid Christmas clash
First Cricket News

IPL 2023 mini-auction: Franchises request BCCI to reschedule to avoid Christmas clash

It remains to be seen whether BCCI accommodates the request or sticks to the original plan of holding the IPL 2023 mini-auction on December 23.