‘Professional commitments and continuous work with cricket administration’ hamper Sourav Ganguly’s return to field


BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly cited his professional commitments and continuous work with cricket administration as the reason behind his inability to participate in the Legends League Cricket match.

Sourav Ganguly has pulled out of Legends League Cricket

Sourav Ganguly has pulled out of Legends League Cricket. (Credits: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sourav Ganguly’s administrative role has forced him to withdraw from league
  • Proceeds from league benefit match will go to Kapil Dev’s Khushii Foundation
  • Indian Maharajas and World XI will play on September 16 at Eden Gardens

BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday cited his “professional commitments and continuous work with cricket administration” as the reason behind his inability to actively participate as a cricketer in the Legends League Cricket Benefit Match.

Ganguly, however, extended his support to the event, which will start with the clash between Indian Maharajas and World XI on September 16 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

In a letter addressed to the League, Ganguly wished his cricketing colleagues the best for the benefit match and the league.

“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 September 16, 2022,” Ganguly said.

“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.”

The League aims to celebrate the 75th Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, with the entire proceeds of the match to be donated to Kapil Dev’s ‘Khushii Foundation’ for supporting girl child and their education. Cricketers from 10 nations will be part of the special benefit match between India Maharajas and World Giants to raise funds for the cause.

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