You Have Got to Be Kidding Me
by Devanshu Mehta
India will travel all the way to South Africa for a single T20 match on the 30th of March. Nagraj Gollapudi writes:
The Twenty20 takes place three days after South Africa finish their tour of New Zealand with three back-to-back Tests. It is also a week after the end of the Asia Cup, and five days before the start of the IPL in Chennai.
In a recent episode of the podcast CouchTalk, Gideon Haigh suggested that this match was a you-scratch-my-back-i’ll-scratch-yours gesture.
And they’re calling it the Mandela Cup. If I was Mandela, I’d start some uncivil disobedience right about now.
They played one last year too, though, no?
At the soccer stadium in Durban?
Yeah- right after the Test series. But that made sense, since India was in SA for the series.
Yeah, but maybe that’s what they are trying to make of it now…like an annual thing. Silly to make it just one match, obviously, maybe they’ll come to their senses next year..
Meh, but I just realized it’s on the same day as the final of our T20 competition. I take slight issue with that.
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Is this a return favour by BCCI to help the South African board raise some funds.