India in South Africa 2013-14 December 6, 2013

South Africa-India series to go ahead as scheduled

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The South Africa-India series is set to be played out as scheduled, with the South Africa government having given Cricket South Africa the go ahead. The status of the ongoing tour was doubtful on Friday, following the death of former president Nelson Mandela. Several of the matches clash with various events arranged to mourn and honour Mandela. Cricket South Africa had subsequently sought advice from the South African presidency, on the scheduling of the series.

"All South African sporting codes, including cricket, football, beach volleyball and rugby sevens, have been allowed to continue their programmes," a spokesperson from the South African sports ministry said. On Saturday morning South Africa sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, will "outline the process" of paying respect to Mandela. A source told ESPNcricinfo that the usual will be done - black armbands, a minute's silence, flags at half-mast - but there will also be "something else".

"We have taken this decision in consultation with Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA)," CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat confirmed in a release. "We will, of course, appropriately mark the passing away of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the father of our nation and one of the world's greatest icons."

South Africa's domestic first-class games went ahead on Friday, after a minute's silence was observed.

Mandela, who was 95, passed away on Thursday evening at around 08.50pm, and the news was announced by South African president Jacob Zuma close to midnight. Friday was declared a day of mourning, and Sunday - the scheduled date of the second ODI - will be a national day of prayer. From December 11 to 13 Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria - the third and final ODI is in Centurion on 11th - before his funeral on December 15 in Qunu, his hometown in the Eastern Cape. India's two-day tour match, ahead of the Tests, is due to start on December 14.

CSA had already shown a willingness to put aside their needs for that of Mandela, earlier this year when it postponed its annual awards and key meetings regarding appointing a CEO when Mandela fell gravely ill in June. At the time, CSA said they felt it would be "inappropriate" to hold celebratory functions at a time of national concern.

With the mood in country one of celebration of Mandela's life, rather than sadness, CSA have since said they will dedicate the remainder of the India series to Mandela.

*16.00GMT, December 6: This article was updated after the series was given the go ahead.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Greatest_Game on December 13, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    @ anupkeni owrote "India-South Africa test series should be called Gandhi-Mandela trophy.'

    Exactly my thoughts. I agree with you entirely. Nothing could be more appropriate that naming the trophy after the two greatest leaders of the 20th century - and 2 of the greets leaders the world has been blessed with.

  • Naresh28 on December 10, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Mandela - was a man more like Mahatma Gandhi. Two great people who served their country and even showed the world how to be humble. On the cricket field there is SA's own - HASIM AMLA!!! Such a great character and player.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I cant fathom the criticsm directed towards this indian team as if they have lost their first match ever. Agreed SA played better but series is still open. As for handling the pace, I think indian top order did okay, esp rohit who intelligently left steyn who was dead accurate. that spks volumes abt rohit's talent. ppl r criticsing him for being slow but that was the way 2 go. have wickets & then launch. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIS RUN OUT, he looked set for an onslaught. my gut feeling he will come out stronger after this series.

  • Ramansilva on December 7, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Now there is no escape for Indians from further humiliation. Be braced for more music. It may be on somber notes though.

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Thats a bad news for India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    He wished sports to play an important role in erasing the apartheid. We should remember that and continuing the sport would only be an honor to him. RIP Mandela!!

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    I imagine it's what Madiba would have wanted

  • Bladerunners on December 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Feel sorry for mendela.it is a big loss for all of us.wish people of sa go ahead with the spirit of mendela nd also all the nations.

  • anupkeni on December 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    India-South Africa test series should be called Gandhi-Mandela trophy.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    The biggest leader of 20th Century alongwith Mahatma Gandhi made impact to many lives worldwide. Formed ANC and worked truly and sincerely for his nation. Real peace lover. Afterall he is the biggest Sports lover and promoted the sports in South Africa. So it is good that the current series with India is ON alongwith other sports in South Africa. RIP ROHLIHLAHLA (NELSON) MANDELA 1918 JULY 18 to 2013 DEC 05.

  • Greatest_Game on December 13, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    @ anupkeni owrote "India-South Africa test series should be called Gandhi-Mandela trophy.'

    Exactly my thoughts. I agree with you entirely. Nothing could be more appropriate that naming the trophy after the two greatest leaders of the 20th century - and 2 of the greets leaders the world has been blessed with.

  • Naresh28 on December 10, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Mandela - was a man more like Mahatma Gandhi. Two great people who served their country and even showed the world how to be humble. On the cricket field there is SA's own - HASIM AMLA!!! Such a great character and player.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I cant fathom the criticsm directed towards this indian team as if they have lost their first match ever. Agreed SA played better but series is still open. As for handling the pace, I think indian top order did okay, esp rohit who intelligently left steyn who was dead accurate. that spks volumes abt rohit's talent. ppl r criticsing him for being slow but that was the way 2 go. have wickets & then launch. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIS RUN OUT, he looked set for an onslaught. my gut feeling he will come out stronger after this series.

  • Ramansilva on December 7, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Now there is no escape for Indians from further humiliation. Be braced for more music. It may be on somber notes though.

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Thats a bad news for India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    He wished sports to play an important role in erasing the apartheid. We should remember that and continuing the sport would only be an honor to him. RIP Mandela!!

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    I imagine it's what Madiba would have wanted

  • Bladerunners on December 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Feel sorry for mendela.it is a big loss for all of us.wish people of sa go ahead with the spirit of mendela nd also all the nations.

  • anupkeni on December 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    India-South Africa test series should be called Gandhi-Mandela trophy.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    The biggest leader of 20th Century alongwith Mahatma Gandhi made impact to many lives worldwide. Formed ANC and worked truly and sincerely for his nation. Real peace lover. Afterall he is the biggest Sports lover and promoted the sports in South Africa. So it is good that the current series with India is ON alongwith other sports in South Africa. RIP ROHLIHLAHLA (NELSON) MANDELA 1918 JULY 18 to 2013 DEC 05.

  • AjjarRavi on December 7, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Great Personality and an icon in every sense. May his sou rest in piece. Its a good gesture to dedicate the reminder of the series to the great man. Indian cricket team may as well try and win some matches and dedicate the win to him..

  • Pied.Piper on December 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Wacco -- Nowhere to hide!!?? Just wait and watch.... You have no clue about the new side. They would come down hard on team SA. And Nelson Mandela is held in same regard as our father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. When we were children, we were told by our parents and teachers in India that there is one person alive today like our Mahatma that is Mr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa.... There are many very great freedom fighters still only this two names were compared by our history teachers... So for us he was a living form of our Mahatma... And love for him (Matiba) as a Country is the criteria to win the cup, SA doesn't stand a chance....for India is a 1 Billion + hearts for Mandela. And back in India we celebrate when one person passes away after finishing all his worldly duties.... I think he has done more than very few in human history have done.... We shall rename this series as Mandela Cup and move ahead with the series as he would have loved....

  • vikram246 on December 7, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    never foreget this legend

  • vikram246 on December 7, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    I thing very good decision of south Africa Government i salute Madiba for awareness i will never forget you and you touch my hard ever ever .......ever

  • taslu613 on December 7, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    My salute to great departed soul.He was one of the great leaders of the world.He had a passion about sports.I do believe his departed soul would be pleased if schedule matches will go on.It is a good decision by SA Govt. World lost a gem.Madiba will be remembered for ever.May his soul rest in peace.

  • on December 7, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    The spirit of Madiba and his greatness and he would of not wanted anything less.He loved sport.

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Good Decision. We Always Respect former president Nelson Mandela

  • Wacco on December 7, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    India has no way to hide!

  • dabbadubba on December 6, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I think the series should be cancelled and rescheduled for later. If we dont give respect to such a great personality like Mandela now, when will we ever ? Please dont give inane reasons like "by playing we are giving respect" .. it does not work like that, we should sideline the commercial angle here and give respect to Mandela

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 6, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Sports in itself is a celebration of Mandela's life as believed sports to be a tool to curb social inequality. I dont know about cricket but he was deeply involved in Springboks, Rugby. RIP Bharat Ratna.

  • NawaZiiii on December 6, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    He is a world Icon, even India can win and dedicate the victory to him, its not just about SA.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 6, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Madiba was an avid sports fan and often watched cricket games. He would have wanted the show to go on.

    Proteas have been charged with the responsibility of Whitewashing India in honour of our beloved Hero.

  • whereis.mykake on December 6, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Good decision to continue the series. For all those Pak blind supporters and habitually india haters: Playing SA at abu-dhabi and playing SA at SA is whole lot different. Nothing to take away from Pak cricketers talent. among all the corrupt administration and unreasonable harsh supporters (majority), pak bowling delivers a lot. Pak batting is a whole different topic though.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 6, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    IMO, this is not the time to feel sad. This is THE time to celebrate THE life of MADIBA, THE COLOSSUS. The Mother Earth celebrates her Son - the Air, the Trees, the Flowers, the Sun, the Rivers, the Seas - and that unmistakable feeling and tears of joy of Freedom and of Human Dignity. MADIBA doesn't just belong to South Africa. He is a World Citizen. Take my bows, MADIBA, THE BHARAT RATNA! Now that you've gone back to your Mother Earth, your children will take your message forward. Thank you for asking us to conquer our fears and not just merely live without fear. IMO, that's your colossal message to your children. MADIBA, I'm saddened at your passing away but yet am celebrating your life. Though I am a Team India fan, I wish South Africa wins this series for MADIBA. Even if India wins, MADIBA is our BHARAT RATNA and I won't be wrong to say that the Billion Indians will dedicate this series to him. I love you, MADIBA!

  • on December 6, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Indians stood with madiba with shoulder to shoulder for the fight against race.humanity and sports.we love madiba we love south Africa.lets stand together and saw the world that our love will never die.win or loose is not bigger then our love for eachother

  • on December 6, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    it wud be nice that series will go ahead. but if india beat sa in test then they will be first asian nation to beat them in sa, this might go in favour of india as sa will be mourning the death of greatest sa person ever.

  • rajanfromottawa on December 6, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    The best way to pay respects to the great man is to play the game of cricket in the true spirit of the game. Batsmen should walk when they know they are out and there should be no sledging. Let the ball and the bat do the talking.It is a gentleman's game after all.

  • thinkgood on December 6, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    This is a good series for India to get a reality check on it much hyped batting prowess which only is proved in sub continent . In a pitch such as in Wanderer it found wanting. It would be a real test for the Indian middle order also since it has to bear the weight which should otherwise be with the top order batsmen. I still support India and think they are favourites to win the ODI series.

  • Nampally on December 6, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Just like Mahatma Gandhi was Father of Nation for India, Mr. Mandela is the Father of the Nation for the RSA. Gandhiji started his freedom struggle & fight against Apartheid in SA nearly 100 years back. He was one of the founding members of ANC as well. Gandhian principle of non violence & non cooperation led India to its freedom from oppressive British rule, who also followed a similar apartheid approach but called it "segregation". Following independence, India bore no grudge against British. Mr. Mandela followed the same approach as Gandhiji did to get freedom for SA & preached that Black people should bear no ill will against its formerly White oppressors. So India & SA have one common factor thru' Gandhji & Mr. Mandela - Love your fellow human beings irrespective of Colour or Creed or past Failings. Two great leaders in different generations! Hats off to another Legendary Icon- Mr. Mandela!

  • Rohit... on December 6, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Lived as a Hero & Died as a Hero.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    I think there should be a special programme in his honour before the start of the second ODI at Durban. Mandela is very close to India. He was inspired by the Mahatma and followed the principles of civil disobedience and non-violence for the majority of his political path. This is one of the reasons why he was able to unite SA under one banner irrespective of colour and creed. So he's not just a South African icon, he was a world icon. A titan among men. I hope the Indian government commemorates Mandela by releasing a stamp or currency bill as a symbol of respect. Mandela was a figurehead for every nation that fought against racism, unfairness, segregation, atrocities, communal violence etc. It is the end of an era. We won't see another like him ever.

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    come on SA win the remainning games for mandela whitewash india in ODIs T20s and tests

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Yep..The series should continue as scheduled...Team in blue is now going to loose the series 3-0..All D Best team India..

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Go SA...Thrash India and win it for Mandela

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Nelson Mandela is a world icon and also a sports lover.. dont forget people he is also our BHARAT RATNA..... its also the responsibility of our nation to give national honours to the great man.. it would be good that our President or Prime Minister Of INDIA visit South Africa and pay respect to the great man.. and also from the cricketing honour, From now on all the future INDIA-SOUTHAFRICA series and trophies should be named as GANDHI-MANDELA trophy/series..

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    thanks SA for allowing sports in cricket during sad time.

  • on December 6, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace.It is said that when a team wins,its are is happy but its the opposite this time.Without Mandela,SA cricket would not have taken decisions freely & would have been discriminated.

  • GreenBouncySpin on December 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Great to hear that series will continue and CSA to dedicate this series to Nelson Mandela. What I (and many) would've loved to see is for CSA and BCCI to rename the series after Mandela as a small gesture to the greatest man from SA.

  • keyancools on December 6, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Continuing the series won't disrespect Mandela..Going on with the series and dedicating it him will give more respect than cancelling and mourning at home.

  • looloogun on December 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    nelson is symbol of perseverance , man of peace , a pride of a world ,if we say flying the flag halfpost etc is just funny and get on with it ,we are missing the biggest chance to express our respect ,a moment to remember our past ourselves for the future.

  • on December 6, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Really great man & his soul deserves the respect so better call off the series..... If this would be the case with India in India due to demise of any great leader we would have done the same....... This happened earlier too... Mourning was effective & all TV and Radio programs were cancelled due to demises of Indira Gandhi & Rajiv Gandhi.

  • Vasi-Koosi on December 6, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Mr Mandela is very close to India too. It would be nice if both the boards part a portion of their earnings of this series to a trust in the name of the great person and pay tribute to this great person.

  • Fan1969 on December 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Mandela would have liked to see all good things go on as it is. He was a big believer in sports uniting countries and thus named India-SA series as friendship series.

    India-SA was the first match post apartheid.

    A tribute to him is necessary and desirable but I think cricket must go on in the true spirit of the game.

  • looloogun on December 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    nelson is a symbol of perseverance ,man of peace ,a pride of a world ,if we say flying the flags halfpost etc is just funny and get on with it ,it means we are missing the biggest chance to express our respect , and the moment for ourselves to remember and .

  • GreenBouncySpin on December 6, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    CSA will clearly stand to lose money if they cancel the series. But I wouldn't mind CSA either cancel or continue to play the series in the light of the great man Mandel's demise. Like many opined here, Mandel wouldn't have wished for this series (for that matter any event or activity) to be cancelled or postponed. But if CSA wants to give a better tribute to one of the greatest man to walk this world then they can very well rename it to Nelson Mandel series like others suggested.

  • ladycricket on December 6, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Although it will be sad to lose any matches from this already far-too-short tour, I can't see how Sunday's ODI could possibly go ahead. Sunday has been declared a national day of prayer and reflection in South Africa. I would imagine the country will come to a complete stand-still on that day; it wouldn't be right to have a cricket match going on while the country collectively mourns. But we will have to wait and see what CSA decides. Besides Sundays fixture, I don't see why the rest of the tour can't go ahead as planned.

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on December 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    India-S.afrcia series should be named after mandela .

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Whether its BCCI or CSA, they all are same, money is more important than anything. SA have already lost a lot of money due to shortening of tour, so i dont think they would like to cancel a single match now. Anyways being a sports lover Mandela himself might have wanted to continue the ongoing tour. The name of test series should be changed to Nelson Mandela. There is an interesting suggestions from @sangik sinha to cancel the odi & go for an extra test, well that will depend upon the time we have from this busy schedule.

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    we all respect madiba and we all love him.its so easy just to say that cancel and postpone it.because we not gona loose any money from our pocket.but its gonna b very big amount cricket SA gona loose it.if government want it to postponed then we have to respect the decisson.

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    What a great man ...its a sad day for all humanity. Mandela was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy of non-violence in fact India was the first country he toured after becoming the president. SA may beat India and whitewash the series but at least we have teams coming to our great country to play cricket and of course IPL.

  • VRTN on December 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    It will be in the fitness of things to continue the series as planned. In the Land where Mahatma Gandhi began his freedom struggle and several decades later, where Nelson Mandela successfully continued the movement for the upliftment of humanity and equality, it will be appropriate to go ahead with the series.

    When South Africa was reinducted in to the Cricket fraternity, India had shown the gesture by being the first to invite South Africa for a series that was played in India.

    The trophy could be named Gandhi - Mandela Trophy.for the future bilateral series between the two countries

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    None more than India will be devastated by Mandela's demise. He was along with Gandhi and others instrumental for sowing the seeds... now you see on this website an Indian working for an American multinational voicing his opinion about a leader's sacrifice. Without them we wouldn't have an Obama. Nor would there be any globalization. Today in the IPL the western countries like SA, Aus, Eng play on the same side as Indians, Sri lankans, and westindians. SA faces Pak, BL or Afghanistan. The racial divide has gone or almost...Due to sacrifices that some men like Mandela made. SA never was allowed to play cricket till they gave up their policies. 1991 Eden Gardens. Ind-SA confirmed that the world had moved on. Yes there are other things like genocides etc. But the basic human right to be treated on par is due to Mandela. India was part of THE voice. Starting with their own freedom. Americans contributed. So cancel the series as a mark of respect to mandela and also self-respect.

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I think matthew is right because we all respect mandela.he surely dnt like his country loose so much because of his illness.we have to respect him with our heart.

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Yes, to go on with cricket as usual would be in the best of everybody's interest. It promises to be an exciting series, albeit a short one, and the sport must go on.

  • vganeshr on December 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    i think they can postpone the series to post dec-14th(after mourning period), I dont think India and SA have much international commitments early in Jan 2014.

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    mr Nelson Mandela was a great statesman anf we in India mourn his passing away. God bless u. Moize Ghadially

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    I am sure India would respect whatever decision CSA takes . Mandela followed the principles of the greatest man that ever walked this earth-Mahatma Gandhi !! Besides -India will still retain No1 ODI /No 2 Test side !!

  • wakaPAK on December 6, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    SA should play with even greater focus and concentration, just to show to the world, they are unfazed by any tragedy no matter how big; they'd do what they are required to do; wickets may fall but that should not stop you from getting to the target and keeping your head clear. This was how Mr. Mandela was, nothing stopped him from what he had set his mind on. This one for the great president, no matter what the outcome; it's all about the fight you put.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Mandela would have wanted this to go on. I have no doubt! He loved his sport.

  • whereis.mykake on December 6, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    If cricket really want to pay respect to Mandela, we should cancel all 20-20 for One year and give that attention to test cricket. It is character building!

  • Haleos on December 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Wear black bands and have 2 minutes silence. Why cancel? RIP mandela but the whole SA need not shut down. I agree with Sir_Ivor and Sagnik Sinha. Any great person would not want others to stop doing what they do for the sake of mourning.

  • Blade-Runner on December 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I think the scheduled series should go on as planned. It would be the best way to pay homage to this great man. I'm sure that he would have wanted it too. RIP Mandela !

  • ac_Indian on December 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    If SA do decide to carry on with the series, nothing would be more prestigious and humbling for Indian cricket (team, board, fans) if the test trophy between Ind and SA were to be called Nelson Mandela Trophy. Respects from India to the great man, and to the land who gave birth to him.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    If two-day tour match is cancelled, it is better to cancel the tour itself. Arrange this tour some other time. Minimum Tests - 3.. Minimum ODIs - 5.. Probably next year.

  • Sir_Ivor on December 6, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Maybe what Sagnik Sinha has said is truly brilliant. Madiba needs the respect of cancelling the ODIs and keep the Tests and possibly one more as a tribute to the great man.

  • pjd_Howzat on December 6, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    The greatest respect CSA can show Mandela is to continue with this series. If there is no clash with his funeral then why make an issue out of it. This is what Madiba would have wanted. Respect him and remember him and continue the good work that he started. Hope some of the current administrators listen, as they seem to praise Mandela, but forget why they are praising him.

    The greatest respect we can show Madiba is to continue with his great work and if we ALL can achieve only half of what he has achieved, then the world will be a better place.

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    In order to pay homage to Mandela, they should just cancel the 2 ODI s and try to squeeze in another Test Match!!!

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Im sure he would want the series to conclude, plus the SA team needs all the game time it can get. Also, with the greatest respect, its not as if it was not expected, the great man has been ill for a while now. Hopefully clear heads will prevail.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on December 6, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Mandela would have wanted a six match test series of timeless tests.

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  • Little_Aussie_Battler on December 6, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Mandela would have wanted a six match test series of timeless tests.

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Im sure he would want the series to conclude, plus the SA team needs all the game time it can get. Also, with the greatest respect, its not as if it was not expected, the great man has been ill for a while now. Hopefully clear heads will prevail.

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    In order to pay homage to Mandela, they should just cancel the 2 ODI s and try to squeeze in another Test Match!!!

  • pjd_Howzat on December 6, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    The greatest respect CSA can show Mandela is to continue with this series. If there is no clash with his funeral then why make an issue out of it. This is what Madiba would have wanted. Respect him and remember him and continue the good work that he started. Hope some of the current administrators listen, as they seem to praise Mandela, but forget why they are praising him.

    The greatest respect we can show Madiba is to continue with his great work and if we ALL can achieve only half of what he has achieved, then the world will be a better place.

  • Sir_Ivor on December 6, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Maybe what Sagnik Sinha has said is truly brilliant. Madiba needs the respect of cancelling the ODIs and keep the Tests and possibly one more as a tribute to the great man.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    If two-day tour match is cancelled, it is better to cancel the tour itself. Arrange this tour some other time. Minimum Tests - 3.. Minimum ODIs - 5.. Probably next year.

  • ac_Indian on December 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    If SA do decide to carry on with the series, nothing would be more prestigious and humbling for Indian cricket (team, board, fans) if the test trophy between Ind and SA were to be called Nelson Mandela Trophy. Respects from India to the great man, and to the land who gave birth to him.

  • Blade-Runner on December 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I think the scheduled series should go on as planned. It would be the best way to pay homage to this great man. I'm sure that he would have wanted it too. RIP Mandela !

  • Haleos on December 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Wear black bands and have 2 minutes silence. Why cancel? RIP mandela but the whole SA need not shut down. I agree with Sir_Ivor and Sagnik Sinha. Any great person would not want others to stop doing what they do for the sake of mourning.

  • whereis.mykake on December 6, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    If cricket really want to pay respect to Mandela, we should cancel all 20-20 for One year and give that attention to test cricket. It is character building!