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Government Requests BCCI To Organize India vs World XI Match To Celebrate 75 Years Of Independence

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The Indian government has sent a proposal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India to organize a cricket match as part of the celebrations to mark 75 years of Indian Independence. As reported by the PTI, the proposal is for a match between the Indian team and the World XI on August 22.

The BCCI is in talks with the Ministry of Culture regarding the proposal. They are trying to rope in top Indian players and foreign stars to participate in the match. It will be a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign by the Indian Government. It is an initiative to commemorate 75 years of Indian Independence. ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ focuses on highlighting the unknown events and heroes of India’s freedom struggle.

A source from the BCCI said to the PTI that the proposal is being discussed. There are “operational and logistical elements” involved to manage the services of international players. The BCCI is also looking if the players can get financial compensation for participating.

“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 source said.

Top Indian players likely to be available for the match: BCCI Source

The Indian team will be playing a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which will end on August 22. However, the clashing of the Zimbabwe tour with the World XI match is unlikely to be an issue. The source stated that senior players like Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli will be available for the exhibition match.

The biggest concern for the BCCI is to ensure the participation of foreign players in the match. It is likely to take place at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in New Delhi.

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