How India aided South Africa’s return to international cricket

Posted by ap507 at Jul 28, 2014 10:25 AM |
Longstanding cricketing ties between India and South Africa are the focus of a new exhibition curated by Dr Prashant Kidambi

Dr Prashant Kidambi (pictured), Director of the Centre for Urban History, has helped curate an exhibition titled Cricket Connects: Indo-South African Cricket Relations as part of the Festival of India in South Africa 2014, which reveals how India helped South Africa return to the international cricket stage after the fall of apartheid.

The exhibition began on Saturday 26 July at the Wanderers stadium, in Johannesburg, and shifts to Kingsmead Sahara Stadium in Durban on Friday 15 August, until 31 August.

The exhibition focuses on the long history of cricketing relations between the two countries, dating back to the late nineteenth century.

Cricket established itself as a popular sport in India by the end of the nineteenth century - and the exhibition's organisers comment that it "now forms a binding force for the entire country". The exhibition features a variety of documentary footage, photographs and audio. It will feature 175 significant cricketing moments captured on camera between 1991 and 2012, and there will also be some cricket-related memorabilia on display.

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Mahatma Gandhi (seated fifth left, front row) with members of the Greyville Cricket Team, Durban, 1913. Source: Dr. Goolam Vahed, University of KwaZulu-Natal