Sachin Tendulkar, the iconic former retired India captain will not be a part of the Road Safety World Series tournament’s second edition involving several retired international cricketers for having run into rough weather with several participants complaining of unpaid dues from the first season in 2020/21.
Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary batsman who played for the eventual winners India Legends, which won the tournament in the first edition, also hasn’t got his full payment for the season and has now decided to dissociate himself from the project altogether.
Sachin Tendulkar Won’t Be A Part Of Road Safety World Series And Is Among Unpaid Cricketers Yet To Be Paid By Organizers
It is being reported in Bangladesh media that a lot of top former players from the country, including Khaled Mahmud ‘Sujon’, Khaled Mashud ‘Pilot’, Mehrab Hossain, Rajin Saleh, Hannan Sarkar, and Nafees Iqbal haven’t been paid any money so far. Sachin Tendulkar was also the ‘Brand Ambassador’ of the tournament’s first edition. Sunil Gavaskar was the commissioner of the event.
“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,” a source close to developments said on conditions of anonymity.
Sachin Tendulkar had led India Legends to victory at the inaugural Road Safety World Series 2020-21. India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends in the final of the tournament to lift the inaugural title. Asked whether even Sachin Tendulkar has not been paid by the organizers, the source confirmed the same.
“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 organizer.”
Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, and Irfan Pathan also tested positive for COVID after playing in the tournament for India Legends besides Sachin Tendulkar who was the first person to test Covid positive. The Master Blaster led the eventual winner-India Legends and ended as the side’s leading run-getter with 233 runs.
Most of the players had signed under the aegis of a company called Majestic Legends Pvt Ltd and PMG. The teams were managed by a company called Second Innings Sports and Entertainment.
The inaugural tournament, which was held mostly in two parts in 2020 and 2021 committed 10 percent to every player upon signing, another 40 percent was supposed to be paid by February 25, 2021, and the remaining 50 percent by March 31, 2021. Ravi Gaikwad was contacted repeatedly for his statement on the alleged delay in payments but he did not respond to either calls or text messages.
Yusuf Pathan’s 80 Off 40 See India Maharaja Win 1st Fixture Against Asia Lions In Inaugural Legends League Cricket
The Pathan brothers have rolled back the years as a stellar knock from Yusuf (80 off 40) and an all-around display from Irfan (25*, 2/21) have helped the India Maharajas open its campaign on a high. Also, it is preferred not to forget the gritty knock from skipper Mohammed Kaif who held one end brilliantly with an unbeaten 42 in the chase.
Yusuf Pathan’s sensational 40-ball 80 and captain Mohammed Kaif’s 42* off 37 balls have helped the India Maharajas beat Asian Lions by six wickets. Yusuf Pathan’s blitz comprised of five sixes and nine fours as his counter-attacking innings put India in a commanding position after a woeful start.
The Legends League Cricket went underway in Oman with a match between India Maharajas and Asia Lions on Thursday. Mohammad Kaif led the Indian side and Misbah-ul-Haq led the Asian side, featuring a mix of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan players. There are 3 teams participating in this season’s inaugural Legends League Cricket series 2022 -India Maharajas, Asia Lions, and the Rest Of the World- Giants.
The Indian side won by 6 wickets with Yusuf Pathan and Mohammed Kaif stitching together a match-winning partnership. Upul Tharanga’s smashing 66 off 46 balls helped the Asia Lions post a challenging 175 for seven.