The second season of the Legends League Cricket will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, with the first match taking place on September 16 at Eden Garden in Kolkata.
It will be played between India and the rest of the world as India Maharajas vs. World Giants. The match will feature participants from ten different countries. The league will begin on September 17, 2022, with four franchise teams competing in the Legends League Cricket Franchise format. This season, a total of 15 matches will be played.
Ravi Shastri, Commissioner, Legends League Cricket said, “This is a proud moment for us that we are celebrating the 75th year of our independence. As a proud Indian, it gives me immense satisfaction to share that we have decided to dedicate this year league to the 75th year of Independence celebration.”
Raman Raheja, Co-Founder & CEO, of Legends League Cricket, said, “We took this decision to be part of this year Independence Celebrations, considering that it’s a moment of pride for every Indian. Further, India Maharajas will be led by Sourav Ganguly and World Giants will be led by Eoin Morgan for the Social cause match on September 16.
Thereafter the 4 Franchise owned teams would be competing in the league over 22 days. We will soon be announcing the complete list of players in the overall pool of 100+ players available for pick up by the team franchises.”
He added “Eden Garden has a long-standing legacy, and the stadium is a legend in itself. We are working on the finer details for the match at Kolkata with the CAB authorities for the necessary approvals and shall go ahead as advised by them.”
The team for the special match to be played on September 16 at Eden Garden:
India Maharajas: Sourav Ganguly (C), Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Kaif, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel (wk), Stuart Binny, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Naman Ojha (wk), Ashoke Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajay Jadeja, RP Singh, Joginder Sharma and Reetinder Singh Sodhi.
World Giants: Eoin Morgan (c), Lendl Simmons, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Sanath Jayasuriya, Matt Prior (wk), Nathan McCullum, Jonty Rhodes, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn, Hamilton Masakadza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Kevin O Brien and Denesh Ramdin (wk).
Thereafter, the League would start from September 17 and go till October 8, 2022, playing 15 matches over 22 days in 6 cities.
(Inputs from ANI)