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Team India departs for SA tour

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The 16-member Indian Squad along with the support staff has left for the South African tour during the early hours of Tuesday from Mumbai. The team would be playing five One Dayers, a Twenty20 International and three Tests which are spread from the 16th of this month to the 6th of January.

There was a slight controversy with the members of the Indian Team forced to depart in casual wear rather than the official Blazers which has been an age old tradition. It was not the mistake of the players but a mistake of the Board for failing to provide them with the official clothing on time. This is the fourth complete tour for the Indians in South Africa and they are yet to win a Test Match or any One Day Series.

The tour opens with a warm-up One Dayer at Benoni on the 16th against the Ashwell Prince led Rest of South Africa. The first of the five ODIs is on the 19th at Johannesburg. The 3-Tests Series begins from the 15th of next month at the same venue as the 1st One Dayer. India also makes its Twenty20 International Debut on December 1st which is again at Jo’burg. Interestingly, India has two wicket keepers for the One Day Series as Dinesh Karthik had replaced the injured Yuvraj Singh who was ruled out of the tour.

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