As India and South Africa gear up to play the fourth ODI at Johannesburg, the occasion will be all pink, as the Proteas team will be wearing pink uniform to spread awareness about breast cancer. The Pink ODI has become a tradition in South Africa recently.
South Africa will be happy to play in pink as they have not lost on Pink Day and they will also have the services of AB de Villiers.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar criticized the Indian board, the BCCI for not having thought about any such social cause. He wrote in his column in TOI that, “The BCCI that comes in for criticism for the amount of money it makes could do well to take a leaf out of the Australian and South African boards and every season designate a day for a cause and thereby create awareness about it. The kind of following the game has, the cause would benefit immensely from the awareness created by that ODI game.”
He further wrote, “Even the cash rich IPL could lessen the hostility and jealousy that follows it, if the franchises pick a charity of their own and contribute money for every run, wicket and win that its team gets.”
Gavaskar gave the examples of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, writing, “The Mumbai Indians have been doing a fantastic job with their education programme and to see the children in blue thronging the stadiums is a delightful sight. The Royal Challengers Bangalore also have a Green day. So, if every franchise comes forward with its own cause that helps make society a better place, there will be lesser hostility towards the league.”