India vs Rest of the World game scheduled for September 16, Sourav Ganguly to lead the Indian side

Sourav Ganguly will lead the Indian side against Eoin Morgan's Rest of the World team.

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Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
Chaitanya Prakash
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The rumored India vs Rest of the World game has reportedly got the green light and will be played on the 16th of September at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The fixture will feature retired international cricketers, who are part of the upcoming Legends League Cricket tournament, commencing on 17th September.

Earlier last month ,the central government had proposed Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations to commemorate India’s 75 years of independence and had requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to organize a cricket match between the Indian team and the rest of the World XI on August 22.

But due to the ongoing international fixtures, the running domestic tournament in England, and the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, the availability of high-profile overseas players was a major doubt. 

In the latest development, it has been confirmed that the fixture will go ahead, rescheduled for September 16th, and will feature some of the most revered former cricketers. The Indian team will be led by mercurial former skipper and president of BCCI Sourav Ganguly, while the recently retired Eoin Morgan will be marshaling the Rest of the World players in the field.

The India vs ROW match will feature some of the biggest names in the world of cricket

Sourav Ganguly will be accompanied by some notable former Indian cricketers with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel, and Harbhajan Singh, who had played alongside the former Indian skipper during their playing days.

Meanwhile, Morgan will be leading a star-studded ROW team featuring some of the most prominent international cricketers to have played the game. The legendary Protean trio of Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, and Dale Steyn will be the center of an attraction along with Sri Lankan mavericks Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan. The much adored ex-Australian pacer Brett Lee will also feature in the match.

Indian team for the legends match : Sourav Ganguly (C), Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Kaif, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Stuart Binny, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Naman Ojha, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajay Jadeja, RP Singh, Joginder Sharma, Reetinder Singh Sodhi.

The rest of the world team for the legends match : Eoin Morgan(C), Lendl Simmons, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Sanath Jayasuriya, Matt Prior, Nathan McCullum, Jonty Rhodes, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn, Hamilton Masakadza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Kevin Obrien, Dinesh Ramdin.