The India Maharajas and World Giants charity match on September 16 in Eden Gardens has a new update. The Legends League Cricket has now announced the coaches for both teams. Former World Cup-winning Australian coach John Buchanan will be head of the World Giants, while the Indian Maharajas will be under the guidance of Lalchand Rajput for the match.
Virender Sehwag and Jacques Kallis will be leading their respective sides for the one-off fixture which will help raise money for Kapil Dev's Khushii Foundation, which supports girl child education. This game will be a sort of homecoming for John Buchanan to the Eden Gardens as he once was the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first two seasons of the IPL.
Buchanan with the KKR had stars like Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting but couldn’t get a lot of results. But Buchanan has a more renowned international career with Australia as he won the World Cup title and the country’s first-ever Champions Trophy in 2006. His Aussie teams also dominated the Ashes in the early 2000s.
Whereas Rajput has been a popular name in the coaching circuit. The former India player has coached international teams like Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. He was also the manager of the Indian team that lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. Both Rajput and Buchanan will be coaching in the league for LNJ Bhilwara Kings and Manipal Tigers respectively in the league.
CEO and Co-Founder of Legends League Cricket Raman Raheja talked about the coaches for the Charity match. He said, “It is great to not only have legendary players but coaches as well, who have not only been part of their country’s biggest victories but also share a great relationship with each of the cricketing stalwarts. We welcome both of them and wish them all the best for the match at Eden Gardens,”