'I will be in the stadium watching': Sourav Ganguly on pulling out of Legends League Cricket benefit match

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, September 03, 2022, 04:45 PM IST
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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly | Pic: Twitter

New Delhi: Former India skipper and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has expressed his inability to actively participate as a cricketer in the Legends League Cricket Benefit Match. However, he will be extending all his support while the Indian Maharajas face World XI on September 16 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Wonderful initiative

In a letter addressed to the league, Sourav wished his cricketing colleagues all the best for the match and the league. "I would like to convey my best wishes for your Legends League initiative. It's a wonderful idea to bring retired cricketers back to the cricket field and engage 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 September 16, 2022. "

Professional commitments

He further added, "However, due to my professional commitments and continuous work with the 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. "

With this benefit match, the league aims to celebrate the 75th Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and the entire proceeds of the match will be donated to Kapil Dev's Khushii Foundation to support girl children and their education.

"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 the field for the cause on September 16, 2022," said Raman Raheja, CEO and Co-Founder, Legends League Cricket.

The cricketing greats from 10 nations will be part of this special benefit match between the India Maharajas and World Giants to raise funds for the noble cause.

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