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Indian Legends To Play The Opening Match? The World Safety Series is back this time and hopefully, the pandemic can’t get the better of it. The tournament will start this year on the 5th of March. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic last year. However, the 2021 edition is expected to go on irrespective of the growing numbers.

The Unacademy Road Safety World Series 2021 is back. This time even bigger and better. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag are some of the big names to feature this year. The expectations from this tournament are really high, as the players look to raise some funds for charity.

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The Update On The Start Of The Road Safety World Series 2021; As The Indian Legends Take On The Bangladesh Legends

There will be six teams in the tournament this time around. The teams will be Indian Legends, South Africa Legends, Sri Lanka Legends, West Indies Legends, Bangladesh Legends and England Legends.

One team that was present in the inaugural edition (Australian Legends), will not be present this year. A couple of new teams have been added instead. The England Legends and Bangladesh Legends were not present in last year’s competition. They will be joining in on the fun now.

The inaugural edition was called off due to the threat of Covid-19. The tournament will now resume this year. It will be the Indian Legends playing the first game versus the Bangladesh Legends. The match will be played on the 5th of March at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium. It will be played in Raipur.

Brian Lara, Jonty Rhodes and Sachin Tendulkar at an event to promote the Road Safety World Series T20 cricket league | Photo | India | ESPNcricinfo.com

Here Are The Squads Of The Six Teams

South Africa Legends: Morne Van Wyk, Garnett Kruger, Roger Telemachus, Jonty Rhodes, Justin Kemp, Makhaya Ntini, Nicky Boje, Andrew Puttick, Monde Zondeki, Alviro Petersen, Loots Bosman, Llyod Norris Jones, Zander de Bruyn, Thandi Tshabalala,

West Indies Legends: Brian Lara, Pedro Collins, William Perkins, Adam Sanford, Ridley Jacobs,  Tino Best, Sulieman Benn, Narsingh Deonarine, Dinanath Ramnarine, Dwayne Smith, Carl Hooper, Ryan Austin, Mahendra Nagamootoo

Sri Lanka Legends: Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Manjula Prasad, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Dammika Prasad, Chamara Kapugedra, Tillakratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Rangana Herath, Dulanjana Wijesinghe, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Farveez Maharoof, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ajantha Mendis, Malinda Warnapura

Bangladesh Legends: Khaled Mahmud, Nafees Iqbal, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Khaled Mashud, Hannan Sarker, Javed Omar, Rajin Saleh, Mehrab Hossain, Aftab Ahmed, Alamgir Kabir, Mohammed Sharif, Mushfiqur Rahman, A N M Mamun Ur Rashed

India Legends: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Noel David, Mohammed Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Gony, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha

England Legends: Kevin Pietersen, Philip Mustard, Owais Shah, Monty Panesar, Nick Compton, Kabir Ali, Chris Schoefield, Sajid Mahmood, James Tredwell, Matthew Hoggard, Jonathan Trott, Ryan Sidebottom, Usman Afzaal, Chris Tremlett, James Tindall

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What Next For Indian Cricket And IPL 2021 Post This Tournament?

This tournament will be played along with the PSL and the India-England Test series. Post that, there will be the ODI and T20 series between the two teams to follow. With that being said, all eyes will be on the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. IPL 2021 will be followed in a few months by the T20 World Cup.

The tournament will be held in India itself. Due to that, the importance level of this tournament will this year be at an all-time high. With that being said, the players will be focused on performing really well this time around. They will be looking to perform their very best under pressure and carry that form into the upcoming international tournament.

The T20 World Cup last year was also cancelled due to the pandemic. However, the fans will be hoping that things are rather different this time around. They will be eager for a big tournament to happen for cricket, apart from the domestic leagues. Even the ICC will be focused on making things happen.

The Indian Legends will be hoping to start off the campaign with a good win. Let’s wait and watch what happens now. It will be a great game to watch for sure. Some of our childhood heroes taking to the field once again and playing in front of our eyes. What a spectacle that would be!!