Some of the biggest names in world cricket, who have achieved remarkable feats throughout their careers, will be seen in action in inaugural edition of Legends League Cricket, beginning on Thursday in Oman. However, a very similar tournament featuring retired cricketers happened in India as well, in 2020-21 which was called as Road Safety World Series.
Many retired cricketers from across the globe took part in the tournament which was eventually won by India Legends, captained by Sachin Tendulkar. Notably, the Master Blaster was also the brand ambassador of the project which focused on creating awareness about road safety in the country.
It was a major success which is why the second season of the tournament has also been announced, which is set to be held from March 1 to 19 in UAE. But in a shocking turn of events, Sachin Tendulkar has pulled out of the tournament. But why?
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Sachin Tendulkar to not be part of Road Safety World Series this year.
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Players unhappy with the organisers of Road Safety World Series
It is being reported that many players, who participated in the first season of tournament, did not receive the payment as promised. As per Bangladesh media, their players – Khaled Mahmud ‘Sujon’, Khaled Mashud ‘Pilot’, Mehrab Hossain, Rajin Saleh, Hannan Sarkar and Nafees Iqbal – have not yet been paid any money, which puts their participation in upcoming season also under doubt.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Sachin Tendulkar is also one of those players who is yet to receive the full payment, which could be one of the reasons behind him completely backing out of the entire project.
“Sachin will not be a part of RSWS this season. The tournament is marked from March 1-19 in the UAE but Sachin will not be a part of this tournament in any form… Yes, Sachin is among many cricketers who took part in the tournament, who haven’t been paid by the organisers. And one needs to get in touch with a Ravi Gaikwad, who was the premier organiser,” a source told PTI.