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The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela bilateral series between India and South Africa will be unveiled in grand fashion on September 21, in Bangalore where India “A” are playing Bangladesh “A”. The series will start on October 2, which is also the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, with first T20 international scheduled to happen in Dharamsala.
In an interview with the Times of India, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur revealed their plan for the historic series. “We have some big plans for the upcoming series. Both the countries share common struggles, common history. We are planning a big launch of the series on 21st September in Bangalore. We will make some major announcements there and launch a few initiatives related to the series,” Thakur told the Times of India.
Thakur also said, “the South Africa series is one most fascinated cricket contests in the world and we want this to get the stature of marquee series”.
South Africa’s 72 days long tour of India consists of three T20Is, five ODIs and four Test matches. The T20I of the tour will be held first, followed by ODIs and Test will begin on November 5. Asked about day to day proceeding Thakur said, the daily work has not been affected since the Lodha Committee verdict. “The job of the BCCI is to run and administer cricket. The issues that you have mentioned above the very little bearing on the day to day functioning of the game.”
While talking about it, Thakur revealed their plan to introduce an online coaching app to help aspired cricketers with technical inputs.
Meanwhile, Thakur promised that the 2016 ICC World T20 in India will be the best among the previous five tournaments. To ensure their promise, the preparations for the tournament are in full swing. He said, “Preparations are in full swing. Venues have been discussed and announced. All the ground work related to the event has started. Very soon we will release the schedule of the event.”