New Delhi/Johannesburg, Feb 25 (PTI) Cricket South Africa(CSA) is to provide the organisers with a new copy of thecountry''s national anthem for playing before their World Cupmatches after the fiasco during their opening match.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had to apologiseto CSA and the Proteas players for the technical fault thatcaused the National Anthem to be cut short before the start oftheir match against the West Indies in New Delhi, yesterday.
"We realised that the anthem was of poor quality and wewill make sure that a better quality version is used for allof our matches going forward," said South Africa team managerDr. Mohammed Moosajee.
"The International Cricket Council has apologised to theteam on behalf of the host union and have stressed that thiswill not happen again, going forward," Moosajee added in astatement released by CSA.
The South African anthem, introduced at the advent ofdemocracy in 2004, starts off in indigenous African languages,and continues with Afrikaans and English sections of the oldanthem.
The South African anthem is a very sensitive issue amongpeople back home because of its original intent to unite thedifferent sections of the population.
Leaving out the latter sections of the anthem at publicevents had even angered no less than the iconic leader NelsonMandela, who had insisted on the retention of the sectionsfrom the old anthem as part of the reconciliation of theformer ruling white minority and the majority Black communityof South Africa.
During a memorial service for the Transvaal IndianCongress leader Molvi Saloojee few years ago, Mandela hadchided a singer, who started off the proceedings by singingonly the African language parts of the anthem.
"That is not our national anthem!" that was how an angryMandela had started off his keynote address at the service.