India Maharajas will square off against World Giants in a special exhibition match to kick off the second edition of Legends League Cricket at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on September 16. The opening match of Legends League Cricket 2022 will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The special exhibition has been organised to celebrate 75 years of Indian Independence.
Former swashbuckling opening batter Virender Sehwag has been appointed the captain of India Maharajas while legendary South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis will lead the World Giants.
Cricketers from 10 different nations are expected to feature in the high-profile encounter.
“This is a proud moment for us to celebrate 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's league to the 75th year of Independence celebration,” said Legends League Cricket Commissioner Ravi Shastri.
Apart from captain Virender Sehwag, India Maharajas have roped in Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammed Kaif, Parthiv Patel, Ajay Jadeja, Joginder Sharma, Stuart Binny and several other former Indian cricketers.
On the other hand, Brett Lee, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn, Jonty Rhodes, Mitchell Johnson, Herschelle Gibbs and Sanath Jayasuriya are included in World Giants’ squad under the leadership of Jacques Kallis.
Previously, BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly was appointed the captain of India Maharajas while England World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan was supposed to lead the World Giants. However, both legendary names pulled out of the tournament.
India Maharajas vs World Giants squads
India Maharajas: Virender Sehwag (captain), Mohammed Kaif, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Stuart Binny, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Naman Ojha (wicket-keeper), Ashoke Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajay Jadeja, RP Singh, Joginder Sharma, Reetinder Singh Sodhi
World Giants: Jacques Kallis (captain), Lendl Simmons, Herschelle Gibbs, Sanath Jayasuriya, Matt Prior (wicket-keeper), Nathan McCullum, Jonty Rhodes, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn, Hamilton Masakadza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Kevin O’Brien, Denesh Ramdin (wicket-keeper)
Where to watch India Maharajas vs World Giants exhibition match live in India?
The India Maharajas vs World Giants exhibition match of Legends League Cricket 2022 will be telecast live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi and their respective HD TV channels in India.
For other regional coverage, cricket fans can tune in to Star Sports 1 Tamil and Star Sports 1 Kannada.
Live streaming of the India Maharajas vs World Giants exhibition match will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
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