Cricket is not as famous as rugby and football in South Africa, but it is going to be something very special for the first time in the rainbow nation for the gentleman's game.
The South Africa National Defence Force will be entertaining the fans at the SuperSport Park in Centurion with a performance from its troops, before the second Test match between India and South Africa here on Saturday (13 January). It will be the very first time when such view will be seen before any cricket match in front of the fans in the Proteas country.
On Saturday, 50 officials from the South African Army and Navy will march into the ground before the start of play with a music band marching them in. Then, the two national anthems will be played before paratroopers come down on to the ground from jets.
The African Army and Navy will give a 21-gun salute from the G5 in honor of both teams -South Africa and Team India. Then, the army and navy officials will once again be marched out by the band.
An Army official told CricketNext, “Not that I can remember any cricket match having the army and navy match in and perform their skills. Clearly, cricket is gaining in popularity and that is a good sign. Kids should be encouraged to play all sorts of sports and this bears testimony to that.”
Army and Navy practice at the SuperSport Park as they will perform ahead of the game on Saturday | Reports @bbhose from Cape Townhttps://t.co/flIeV6fFmH#SAvInd #IndvSA #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/8Zq9rQy0ry— cricketnext (@cricketnext) January 11, 2018