16 August 2010 by Roy Barford

Moses Mabhida Stadium to host iconic cricket match

Start keeping an eye out for tickets to the first ever cricket match at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, which is a T20 international between South Africa and India on January 9, 2011.

The stadium seats 54 000, meaning that this will be the best-attended cricket match ever in South Africa.

Star cricketers such as Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and MS Dhoni, will be among those taking the field for this memorable encounter.

To add to the excitement is the fact that the square boundary at the Moses Mabhida Stadium will be 20 metres shorter than any other international cricket ground, meaning spectators are likely to see even more 6’s from the big-hitters.

Moses Mabhida Stadium hosted 7 matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢, including the semi-final between Spain and Germany. The trademark arch, a stroke of architectural genius, also serves as a route for the sky car, which you can ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the stadium and its surrounds.

The cricket match will commemorate 150 years since Indian immigrants first arrived in Durban and will be known as the Krish Mackerdhuj Trophy, in honour of the former Cricket South Africa president, who played a big part in arranging South Africa’s first tour to India in 1991.

Durban is home to more Indian descendents than any city outside India, with a population of around 4 million.

India’s tour of South Africa begins in December and includes 3 Tests, 5 One Day Internationals and the one-off T20. The second Test, which starts on December 26, as well as the first One Day International on January 12, will be played at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban.

Keep checking www.computicket.com for tickets and start planning your trip.

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