South Africa-India Tour Game Brought Forward
India's two-day tour game against a South African XI in Benoni will now begin on 13th December, one day earlier than originally scheduled, to avoid a clash with Nelson Mandela's funeral.
Mandela will be buried on 15th December and the Indian board (BCCI) agreed to move the game back one day after discussions with Cricket South Africa (CSA).
"Cricket South Africa (CSA) today expressed its appreciation to the Management of the Indian Cricket Team for agreeing to bring forward the dates of their two-day warm-up against a South African Invitation XI by one day," a statement on CSA's website read.
The game will be India's final chance to prepare for the opening Test with match preparation before the two-game series gets underway on 18th December in Johannesburg.
The second Test begins in Durban on 26th December.
Mandela's death last week was mourned globally and cricketers paid their respects with a minute's silence ahead of matches and by wearing black armbands.
Football, rugby and other sports matches around the world also paid tribute, some with a minute's applause instead of a silence.
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