Indian legend exits Legends: League In international cricket, the players who have played for the country for many years and have achieved historic success and achievements are retiring due to age, so the fans are suffering from not being able to watch their game.
The Legends League Cricket Series, featuring recently retired former players, is created and hosted for fans who yearn to witness the great performances of those legends whom they grew up watching and celebrating as heroes. Such cricket series are held not only for the fans but also to raise the standard of living of players who have dedicated their lives to cricket and are economically weaker after retirement.
In that way, 3 teams namely Indian Maharajas, Asian Lions and World Giants participated in the Legends Cricket League held in Oman last year. In that series, the World team advanced to the league stage and won the first trophy by defeating the Asian team in the final. The management is planning to launch the 2nd season of the popular series in India this year featuring many famous ex-players.
The first match of the series will take place on September 16 at the world-renowned Eden Gardens, Kolkata where the Indian Maharajas and the World Teams will face each other. The management announced that the particular match will be held as a fund-raising event dedicated to India’s 75th Independence Day and will feature star former Indian captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. To confirm it, Sourav Ganguly hit the gym for it and posted pictures on social media.
India’s greatest captain and left-handed batsman Sourav Ganguly retired in 2008, played in the IPL for a few years, then worked as a commentator and is now the BCCI president. Kolkata fans were eagerly waiting to see Kolkata King Dada Ganguly playing at Eden Gardens. Along with this, the Sourav Ganguly-led squad which includes star ex-Indians like Yuvraj Singh was also announced.
Indian legend Sourav Ganguly exits Legends League
While everyone was eagerly waiting, Sourav Ganguly announced at the last minute that he was withdrawing from the tournament due to personal reasons and work related to BCCI. He said in his official press release:
“I would like to convey my best wishes for your Legends League initiative. It’s a wonderful idea of bringing retired cricketers back on the cricket field and engaging with fans across generations. I am thankful to you for offering me an opportunity to play in the one-off Legends League game at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata on the September 16, 2022.”
“However due to my professional commitments and continuous work with cricket administration, I will not be able to take part in this game. I am sure the fans are eagerly looking forward to this league and there will be large crowds at the stadium.
“The league is bringing together the stalwarts of the game and I am sure there will be exciting cricket on display. I will be there at the Eden Gardens Stadium watching the match.”
Legends Cricket Series Director Raman Raheja, who has accepted his decision, has said that he respects Sourav Ganguly’s decision and said that even if he does not participate in the match, coming to the ground and supporting him is the biggest support.
“We respect Sourav’s decision and Legends League Cricket is here to celebrate the greatness of these cricketing greats in the best possible manner. And we are glad that Sourav even if he is not playing, will be an intrinsic part of this benefit match with his presence to cheer the Legends when they take field for the cause on September 16,2022.”
However, the news has come as a disappointment to their die-hard fans who were waiting to see Ganguly on the field after a long time.