Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralitharan are among the former stars to feature in a T20 tournament aimed at promoting road safety, called the Road Safety World Series. Some other popular names who are set to feature in the tournament include Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
A total of 110 players who have retired from international cricket are said to have confirmed their participation in the tournament.
The proceeds from the tournament would be utilised by the Road Safety Cell to promote the cause in addition to highlighting how India ranks the highest in the world in terms of deaths caused on roads.
The first season of the Road Safety World Series will be played in 2020 between February 2 and 16 in Mumbai and will feature five teams: India Legends, Australia Legends, South Africa Legends, Sri Lanka Legends and West Indies Legends.
Professional Management Group and the Road Safety Cell of the Maharashtra government are the main organisers of the tournament and they plan to host the event for ten years across India. BCCI have reportedly given the organizers permission to conduct the tournament in August, 2018.
The Master Blaster will be padding up for the third time since his retirement in 2013, having played for the MCC against Rest of the World XI at Lord’s in 2014 and three exhibition T20s in the USA in 2015.
Tendulkar, 46, is the leading run-scorer in Tests and One-Day Internationals with more than 34,000 runs in a 24-year career that ended in 2013. Brian Lara’s 400* against England in 2004 still remains the highest individual score in Tests.
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