The much-anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup is all set to kick off on October 5 in Ahmedabad, India. Leading up to the championship, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is extending a special honour to legendary Indian figures. They are awarding ‘Golden Tickets’ to celebrities to enhance their World Cup viewing experience.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah visited legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and awarded him the Golden Ticket recently. The ticket has also been awarded to actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth so far. It is part of the “Golden Ticket for Golden Icons” initiative by the BCCI. The ticket bestows some privileges to these celebrities.
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The Golden Ticket awarded to Indian icons grants them access to all the matches of the 2023 World Cup. The tournament will feature 48 matches across different venues in the country. The ticket states that the holder is an esteemed guest of the BCCI. It ensures a VIP experience for the holders. The BCCI will be awarding the ticket to more icons from different fields who have made the country proud.
Sunil Gavaskar lauds the ‘Golden Ticket for Golden Icons’ programme
Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is all praise for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their ‘Golden Ticket for Golden Icons’ programme. He hailed BCCI secretary Jay Shah for honouring the Indian icons. In his column for the Sportstar, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar wrote,
“The decision by BCCI secretary Jay Shah to honour persons who have done yeoman service in their respective fields is a terrific one.”
“As of writing, the one and only Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar have been given a golden ticket to witness the World Cup matches. It is not known how many others are on the list. But hopefully, the chief of ISRO, under whom India landed on the moon, will be one. Of course, two others who deserve the golden ticket are the two World Cup-winning captains, Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” he added.
Sunil Gavaskar also suggested that the BCCI should award the ‘Golden Ticket’ to Olympics Gold Medallist Neeraj Chopra. He also added Indian tennis legend Rohan Bopanna and table tennis icon Sharath Kamal to his list.