Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has proposed a farewell match between the retired cricketers and current Indian team. His comments in the wake of a potential goodbye game for former India skipper MS Dhoni, who announced his retirement last week.
Dhoni bid farewell to international cricket on August 15 (Saturday). Along with him, Suresh Raina also took the exit door. Since then, there has been a plethora of request to the BCCI to organise a farewell catch for MS Dhoni. Fans were of the opinion that the former skipper deserves a last game for his contribution to the game.
Pathan proposes a farewell match between retired and current cricketers
Meanwhile, BCCI is also planning to host one such for Dhoni. With no series lined up now, the apex body is preparing to organise the game after IPL 2020 – the final scheduled to take place on November 10.
As the speculations continue to rife, Irfan Pathan has proposed a farewell game between the retired players and the current side. The former all-rounder also picked the playing XI of the former cricketers.
“Many people are talking about a farewell game for retired players who didn’t get a proper send-off from the game. How about a charity cum farewell game from a team consisting of retired players vs the current Indian team?” Irfan Pathan wrote while sharing the list of players.
Many people are talking about a farewell game for retired players who didn't get a proper send-off from the game. How about a charity cum farewell game from a team consisting of retired players vs the current Indian team? pic.twitter.com/diUiLXr9XQ
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 22, 2020
The side consists of cricketers who have retired in the recent past along with cricketers who have bid farewell a couple of years ago. From Gautam Gambhir to Virender Sehwag to Yuvraj Singh, and Suresh Raina – the team has some significant contributors to Indian cricket.
It also consists the likes of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar, and Zaheer Khan who didn’t get proper farewell during their retirement. However, it will be interesting to see if Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI take up the idea and organise a charity game.