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Govt proposes BCCI to hold match b/w India and rest of the world on Aug 22

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jul 11, 2022 8:00 PM

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As part of celebrations to honour 75 years of India's independence, the government has sent a request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to organise a cricket match between India and the rest of the globe on August 22.

According to the sources, the Ministry of Culture, which put forth the proposal, is currently in talks with BCCI representatives to try and secure the participation of top Indian cricketers as well as well-known cricketers from other countries in the match as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative.

BCCI sources said at this point of time, the proposal is still being discussed as there are a lot of operational and logistical elements associated with procuring the services of international players.

ICC annual conference to be held in Birmingham

Top BCCI officials will be attending the ICC annual conference in Birmingham (July 22–26), when they may speak with representatives of other boards to secure the release of a couple of their players for the match in India. An away series against Zimbabwe, comprising three ODIs, ends on August 20.

Some of the players in this particular series might arrive only on August 22 and hence, would not be available. However, top players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, who are not going to Zimbabwe, will be available before they leave for Asia Cup starting August 27 in Sri Lanka.

All Indian players requested to play the match

BCCI sources stated that all Indian players will be requested and they are likely to join the squad for the match. They added that the Indian cricketers would need little convincing as it is an event organised under the aegis of the government of India.

The cause of concern at this time is to ensure that the quality of the World XI team is top-notch, they said. As of now, it is unclear whether the match will have the status of an international T20 or a friendly. While it is yet to be confirmed, the match, if conducted, is likely to be held at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign

The government’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign is an initiative to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence, with a focus on highlighting events and people, which despite being part of the freedom struggle have been left largely unknown and unheard.

Under the campaign, the government has not just brought in collaborations among its various departments but also has joined hands with NGOs, educational institutions, e-commerce platforms and even the general public in highlighting the achievements of the country over the last 75 years and the little-known achievers who have braved great odds to succeed.

What are the events included in the celebration

According to the calendar of events prepared by the Ministry of Culture, the celebrations will include exhibitions on trains along with the Indian Railways, titled “Azaadi Ki Rail Gadi Aur Stations", and the Kargil Vijay Divas in July, when a motorcycle ride organised by the defence ministry would reach Tiger Hill.

In August, the birth anniversary of Pingalli Venkayya, who designed the national flag, will also be celebrated.

The sources said the cricket match under the campaign would showcase the importance of sports and pay homage to the popularity of cricket in India.


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