The Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced that during the second Test match between South Africa and India which will be played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, it will organize celebrations recognizing the 30-year anniversary of sporting ties between the two countries.
South Africa had returned to international cricket after 22 years of isolation due to its racial apartheid policy. India was the first nation to invite them for an international series in 1991 when the two nations played three ODIs in India. Later, South Africa toured the West Indies to play their first Test match since 1970.
However, their first Test series at home came against India, when they toured in 1992 for four Tests and seven ODI matches. Kepler Wessels captained the South African team, while Mohammad Azharuddin was the Indian captain. The home side won the Test series 1-0 and the ODI series 5-2.
The second Test to be played at the Wanderers Stadium between the two sides of the upcoming series will mark 30-year anniversary of the first time these two teams met in the Johannesburg ground.
Great Moments Like 2003 Cricket World Cup, 2009 IPL, FIFA 2010 Goodwill Match, 2015 Greatest ODI To Be Celebrated
January 3 is when the first ball of the second Test between India and South Africa will be bowled. Ironically, the first home post-isolation Test Match was played at the same stadium, against the same opponents, 30 years earlier. Test number 1201, took place from November 26-30, 1992 at the Wanderers Stadium when the Indian cricket team toured SA for four Tests and seven ODI’s from October 29, 1992 – January 6, 1993.
“Part of the 30-year anniversary of the cricketing ties between India and South Africa includes the celebration and recognition of the most iconic moments and individuals in the 30-year history of the stadium,” stated an official Cricket South Africa (CSA) release.
The stadium will unveil the top 100-players Hall of Fame (domestic, foreign, women, and men) who have graced the iconic wicket post the ICC unbanning. Iconic moments will also be recognized – 2003 Cricket World Cup, 2009 IPL, FIFA 2010 Goodwill match, 2015 Greatest ODI ever, and more.
Iconic off-the-field legends will also be celebrated who have contributed significantly to the development of the stadium and cricket in the province.