Govt bats for cricket tie on August 22 as part of I-Day celebrations, writes to BCCI | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The government has sent a proposal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to stage a cricket match on August 22 between India and the rest of the world as part of celebrations marking 75 years of the India’s independence, sources said.
The sources said that the Ministry of Culture, which sent the proposal, is in talks with BCCI officials to try to recruit India’s top players as well as popular cricketers from abroad to play the match in the framework of the Azadi ka. Amrit Mahotsav country.
BCCI sources said that at this stage the proposal is still under discussion as there are many “operational and logistical elements” associated with securing the services of international players.
“We have received a proposal from the government to hold a cricket match between India XI and World XI on August 22. For the rest of the world teamwe would need at least 13-14 international players and their availability is something we need to check,” a source said.
He added that during this period, English domestic cricket would be underway and the Caribbean Premier League would also start. The BCCI checks whether international players should be financially compensated for their participation.
On international cricketer services, senior BCCI officials will be in Birmingham for the ICC annual conference (July 22-26), where they could speak to officials from other councils to release some -some of their players for the game in India. .
Getting India’s top stars won’t be a problem, the sources said.
An away series against Zimbabwe, including three ODIs, ends on August 20. Some of the players in this particular series might not arrive until August 22 and therefore would not be available.
However, top players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pantswho will not go to Zimbabwe, will be available before his departure for the Asian Cup from August 27 in Sri Lanka.
BCCI sources said all Indian players will be in demand and are likely to join the squad for the game.
They added that Indian cricketers would not need convincing as this is an event run under the aegis of the Indian government.
The cause for concern right now is ensuring the quality of the World XI squad is top-notch, they said.
For the moment, it is not known whether the match will have the status of an international T20 or a friendly match.
Although it is yet to be confirmed, the match, if it takes place, will likely be held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi.
The Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav government campaign is an initiative to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence, with an emphasis on highlighting events and people who, despite being part of the struggle for freedom, have remained largely unknown and ignored.
As part of the campaign, the government has not only set up collaborations between its various departments, but also partnered with NGOs, educational institutions, e-commerce platforms and even the general public to highlight the country’s achievements over the past 75 years and the little-known directors who have braved great odds to succeed.
According to the calendar of events prepared by the Ministry of Culture, the celebrations will include exhibitions on trains as well as Indian Railways, titled “Azaadi Ki Rail Gadi Aur Stations”, and the Kargil Vijay Divas in July, when a motorcycle ride organized by the Ministry of Defense would reach Tiger Hill.
In August, the birthday of Pingalli Venkayya, who designed the national flag, will also be celebrated.
The sources said the cricket match as part of the campaign will showcase the importance of the sport and pay tribute to the popularity of cricket in India.


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