- Pink ODI is played to raise awareness about breast cancer
- Oganisers are hoping to raise more than Rand 1 million through today’s match
- South Africa have never lost a match while donning pink shirt and trousers
India’s tour of South Africa is flowing like a smooth river and visitors have won the first three ODI matches comprehensively and are now one match away from registering their maiden limited overs series win in the rainbow city. The fourth ODI will be played at Wanderers, Johannesburg and suddenly everyone is intrigued and asking why this particular ODI is being celebrated as a ‘Pink ODI’.
The reason behind this match being played in pink clothing (by South African players) is to raise awareness about the breast cancer disease and also to collect funds. The breast cancer is a fatal disease which is taking lives of millions of women around the world and South African cricketers and Cricket South Africa are doing their bit to spread awareness and also to bring a smile on little girl’s faces. The match on February 10 will be about the initiative of collecting money for the Breast Cancer Clinic at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The organisers are hoping to raise more than Rand 1 million and the hashtag ‘#PitchUpInPink’ has been created for this event.
This ‘Pink match’ has now become a tradition in South Africa’s cricket calendar and hosts have not lost a match while donning pink shirt and trousers. Proteas’ favourite son Abraham Benjamin de Villiers had scored the fastest century in ODI cricket (100 off 31 balls vs West Indies, 2015) and is a big champion of women’s rights and feminism. Coincidentally, India have also played a part in this ‘pink revolution’ and were involved in a match in 2013 and had lost the contest miserably.
Worldwide, the ‘pink phenomenon’ was started by former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath, who had lost his wife Jane McGrath to breast cancer. And now every year during New Year’s Test at Sydney, the third day of the match is called ‘Jane McGrath’ day and the proceeds go to charity and research and Sydney Test is also being called as the ‘Pink Test’.
South Africa would be hoping that changing their jersey colour bring some change in their fortune and here’s hoping for a fantastic contest, which can liven up the mood. Also with film ‘PadMan’ releasing in India, women’s issues are taking centre stage and this ODI at Johannesburg has already created a great awareness and mobilisation about breast cancer and hoping for Indian men’s team also wearing pink jersey in the near future.