To celebrate the 75th year of Independence for India, the government has proposed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to organize a cricket match between India XI and World XI on August 22, as per the reports.
The Ministry of Culture has sent the proposal to BCCI to play the match between the top Indian players and popular players across the world as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign, reported by Times of India.
While talking about the proposal, a BCCI source expressed the concern over the availability of foreign players. “We have received a proposal from the government to organize a cricket match between India XI and World XI on August 22. For the rest of the world squad, we would need at least 13-14 international players and their availability is something that we need to check on,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by TOI.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate the diverse culture, history and achievements of India to commemorate the 75 years of India’s independence.
Currently, the Men in Blue are playing white-ball cricket in England as they took an invincible 2-0 lead in three-match T20I series. The teams will also contest in a three-match ODI series ending on July 17. After the England tour, India is slated to tour West Indies for three ODIs during July 22-27.
Team India are experiencing a yet another tight schedule as the team will be touring to Zimbabwe for three ODI matches on August 18-22 before leaving for Asia Cup in Sri Lanka that begins from August 27.