Tricolour faux pas at Newlands Stadium during India practice


Indian tricolour fluttering upside down at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Image Source: Xtra Time

Debasis Sen, Cape Town: Cricket South Africa avoided the embarrassment of getting themselves involved in a tricolour faux pas at the Newlands Stadium on Wednesday. The Indian players on entering the Newlands Stadium discovered that the Indian flag fluttering inside the stadium was hoisted wrongly along with the South African national flag and Cricket South Africa flag.

On being brought to notice the Newlands Stadium management acted promptly in correcting the faux they made while hoisting the tricolour.

The curator of the Newlands Stadium, Evan Flint did not wait for anyone else to rectify the mistake. He was seen bringing down the Tricolour and hoisting it again in a proper manner.

The Tricolour was first hoisted upside down, and was seen fluttering with the green side up, clearly visible against the backdrop of the table top mountain that overlooks the stadium..

It stayed like that for the earlier part of the Indian team training till someone noticed and quickly hoisted it again the right way. This is not the first instance that has happened. A similar incident took place during the Durban test match in 2007 series when the Tricolour was seen fluttering upside down on the first day of the test match.

India will play South Africa in the first of the three Test matches at Newlands Stadium from Friday.

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