India-South Africa series dedicated to Nelson Mandela

Saying the series will carry on as scheduled, Cricket South Africa has dedicated the three-ODI and two-Test series between India and South Africa to Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday night.

updated: December 06, 2013 16:15 IST
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The bilateral series between India and South Africa has been dedicated to Nelson Mandela. The country's first Black president died in Johannesburg on Thursday night at the age of 95. India lost by 141 runs the first of the three ODIs at the Wanderers on Thursday. The series features three ODIs and two Test matches.

Rubbishing rumours that the series was being called off as a mark of respect to Mandela, CSA on Friday paid tribute to the country's founding president. "As part of the greater South African family of former president Nelson Mandela, CSA expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Madiba, to the nation and the world," said CSA president Chris Nenzani, adding: "CSA dedicates the current series against the Indian team to the memory of Mandela." (Mandela had an influence on me: Tiger Woods)

"The sporting world will remember him for his tireless efforts at uniting the various sporting codes in order to create a proud and united South African sporting front. CSA joins people all over the world in wishing the Mandela family peace and comfort during this difficult time," Nenzani said. (Read: ICC's tribute to Nelson Mandela)

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