India to play Proteas in one-off T20 in Jo'burg

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Published: Monday, March 5, 2012, 13:11 [IST]
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India to play Proteas in one-off T20

Mumbai, Mar 5: After a disastrous tour of Australia, Team India will be playing Asia Cup starting from Mar 11, 2012 and after the conclusion of the tournament, the team will travel to South Africa to play a T20 International on March 30 at Wanderers.

The lone T20 was planned well in advance as Cricket South Africa and BCCI had agreed earlier to organise a T20 which is likely to be named as 'Mandela Cup'.

Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of BCCI, confirmed the news and has said India would send its first eleven to play the match at Wanderers.

Though its just a T20 International, Cricket South Africa sources indicate that this is an annual affair and India had played a T20 against SA at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban last year as well, which happened to be a farewell for Makhaya Ntini.

The T20 match is scheduled to be played three days after South Africa's tour of New Zealand gets over, which comprises of three back-to-back Tests.

While the T20 is squeezed in between the schedule as India will be playing this T20 a week after the Asia Cup, and five days before the commencement of the Indian Premier League season 5 at Chennai.


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