BCCI set to make Freedom Trophy with prison rods of Mahatma Gandhi and Mandela’s cells
BCCI is planning a trophy made with prison rods. The Test series is named after iconic freedom fighters Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, who spent the majority of their lives behind the bars during the colonial era in their respective countries, DNA reported.
The BCCI has requested the Yerwada jail, Pune authorities provide them with iron rods of the cell where Mahatma Gandhi was lodged. The plan is to fuse them with the roads from the cell where Mahatma’s South African counterpart Nelson Mandela was locked up to make the ‘Freedom Trophy’ that will be awarded to the winner of the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Test series.
BCCI president Shashank Manohar has already sent a request letter to the director general. “We request if your good office can make available two prison rods from the cell where Gandhiji was imprisoned which will be fused with metal pieces from the Robbin Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) to create this unique Freedom trophy,” reads the letter.
The prison director general BK Upadhaya confirmed receiving the letter and said the department is in the process of examining it since Mahatma’s cell is a preserved site.
“We have marked the letter to Yerwada prison superintendent for his remarks,” said Upadhyay.
In the letter dated October 7, 2015, the BCCI however, said the intent of the BCCI and the Cricket South Africa is to create a unique trophy that will be used in India and South Africa by the host nations for the time to come.
“To create a one of its kind trophy, we would like the trophy to be made with the inclusion of the two metal piece rod from Yerwada central prison cell where Gandhiji was imprisoned several times during India’s freedom struggle,” reads the letter.
The letter has also been sent to the office of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and additional chief secretary (home) for consideration. The four-match Test series between India and South Africa scheduled to start in November at Mohali.