India-based media outlet Sportstar reported that former Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been included in the World Giants squad for a special charity match between Sourav Ganguly-led India Maharajas and World Giants at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The special match will get the Legends League Cricket tournament off the mark.
According to the report, the match is set to be played on September 16 while the tournament will celebrate 75 years of India's independence.
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"This is a proud moment for us that we are celebrating the 75th year of our Independence. As a proud Indian, it gives me immense satisfaction to share that we have decided to dedicate this year's league to the 75th year of Independence," former India head coach and commissioner of Legends League Cricket (LLC), Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying on Friday.
Mashrafe played his last match for the national side in March 2020 during Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh. The former captain is yet to announce retirement from internationals.
Sources close to the player has informed that Mashrafe received invitation to play the tournament but is yet to sign the papers. It is understood that Mashrafe is yet undecided on whether he will be able to appear in the tournament.
India Maharajas: Sourav Ganguly (c), Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Kaif, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel (wk), Stuart Binny, S Sreesanth, Harbhanjan Singh, Naman Ojha (wk), Ashoke Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajay Jadeja, RP Singh, Joginder Sharma, Reetinder Singh Sodhi.
World Giants: Eoin Morgan, Lendl Simmons, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Sanath Jayasuirya, Matt Prior (wk), Nathan McCullum, Jonty Rhodes, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn, Hamilton Masakadza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Kevin O'Brien, Denesh Ramdin (wk).