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Brian Lara and Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela accepted a cricket bat from West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara in 2005. Lara noted that the bat had been "unfortunately used against South Africa and scored a couple of hundreds." Mandela examined the inscription and then joked, "I think I should start playing cricket." During apartheid, only whites played on the South African national team.