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Why are South African players wearing pink jerseys during 2nd ODI against Bangladesh in Johannesburg?

After suffering defeat in previous ODI, Temba Bavuma's side turned up in a different attire on Sunday.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 20 March 2022 3:31 pm

As South Africa stepped on the field to lock horns with Bangladesh in 2nd ODI of the ongoing series, things looked slightly different. The players of home side were not wearing the usual green jerseys, but instead they were spotted donning the pink jersey. This is a sight which has been seen in past as well but not many people are aware about the significance of the same.

Well, this is known as Pink ODI where Cricket South Africa play their role in raising awareness for Breast Cancer while organizing a massive drive to collect money for the patients suffering from it. From the Proteas’ players to commentators, everyone wears pink coloured attired and even the fans are encouraged to don the same shade in order to contribute to the noble cause.

The big game is usually played at Imperial Wanderers in Johannesburg which is why South African players are wearing pink jersey against Bangladesh on Sunday.

South Africa are playing their 10th Pink ODI

Before today, Proteas have played 9 Pink ODIs winning 8 of them and only losing 1. The home side have a history of producing remarkable performances wearing the Pink jersey and fans would be hoping for the same today, with Temba Bavuma’s side desperate for a win to stay alive in the series.

Here is how results have panned out in Pink ODIs over the years:

17 March 2013 v Pakistan– Proteas won by 34 runs

5 December 2013 v India – Proteas won by 141 runs

18 January 2015 v West Indies – Proteas won by 148 runs

12 February 2016 v England – Proteas won by 1 wicket

4 February 2017 v Sri Lanka – Proteas won by 7 wickets

10 February 2018 v India – Proteas won by 5 wickets

27 January 2019 v Pakistan – Pakistan won by 7 wickets

9 February 2020 v England – England won by 2 wickets

4 April 2021 vs Pakistan – Proteas won by 17 runs

20 March 2022 vs Bangladesh – Today


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