India to play one-off Twenty20 in South Africa

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 05, 2012 14:40 hrs

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) India will be travelling to South Africa for a one-off Twenty20 international slated for March 30 in Johannesburg that will also be a tribute match for star-all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

The match was planned well in advance and, despite the end of a hectic schedule, India would send its first eleven, said Ratnakar Shetty, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) chief administrative officer.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) had said that such one-off matches would be an annual affair. Last year the two countries played a Twenty20 at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban as a farewell for Makhaya Ntini.

The March 30 Twenty20 match that will be held at the Wanderers will take place three days after South Africa finish their tour of New Zealand. The Indian Premier League (IPL) within five days after the Twenty20.

"It will bring down the curtain on our home international season on an appropriate note before many of the players depart for India for the fifth edition of the IPL," CSA chief executive Gerald Majola said.

Majola said CSA has grand plans for Kallis on the evening of the match.

"We want to make this a Jacques Kallis evening in which we acknowledge his huge contribution to the Proteas and South African cricket generally as player, role model and mentor," he said.

Kallis said he was humbled with CSA's gesture.

"It is feels great. CSA has given me wonderful opportunities to live a dream," he said.

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