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BCCI to launch Gandhi-Mandela toss coin for India v South Africa series today 

BCCI to launch Gandhi-Mandela toss coin for India v South Africa series today

Celebrating the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian cricket governing body BCCI will launch a specially minted toss coin with the images of the Father of the Nation today evening before the India versus South Africa match starts today (Friday) evening. This coin will be used in all matches, including five ODIs and four Tests which would start the three match T20I  series.

“The toss coin in gold features an impression of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as ‘Heads’ and the Freedom Series as ‘Tails’,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The series has been named after two great freedom fighters Mahatma Gandhi and South Africa. The 20-gram coin designed exclusively for the Freedom Series designed exclusively for the Freedom Series. It is gold plated sterling silver coin will be used by India and South Africa for all the formats of the game played with each other in India or South Africa.

The coin has the photographs of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela laser engraved on it and will be launched by the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur along with the two captains, MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis, at the start of the first T20I match at Dharamsala on Friday. 

 “This is our small way to pay homage to Gandhi ji as we celebrate his 146th birth anniversary. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela proved to the world that freedom could be achieved through the path of non-violence – a true symbol of peace, truth and harmony,” Thakur said. “This coin will keep reminding everyone about the teachings of both the great leaders and also the strong bond India and South Africa share historically.”

As the T20 series gets over on October 8, the ODI series will start on October 11 and will continue till October 25. The four-match Test series, which is also the part of 72 days-long series, will start on November 5.

Mahatma Gandhi, before returning to India, was first employed in British colony South Africa as a nonviolent civil disobedience  expatriate lawyer in the resident Indian community’s struggle for civil rights. He joined Indian National Congress and led India’s struggle to independence in 1947.

Similarly, Nelson Mandela freed South Africa from the torture of Great Britain in 1994. South Africa got its independence in 1910 on May 31. But, their real Freedom Day April 27, 1994, when none racial elections happened for the first time. Nelson Mandela after a long lasting battle against apartheid era and elected as the South Africa black president. Mandela served as President of South Africa in the year between 1994-1999.

In 1991, when ICC freed South Africa from 22 years banned in international cricket after the abolishment of the apartheid era, India, being the first country in the world, hosted South Africa for a three-match ODI series. India won  the series 2-1.

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