Mumbai: In a much-anticipated clash of the titans, Sachin Tendulkar's India
Legends take on Brian Lara's West Indies Legends in the opening match of the Unacademy Road Safety World Series at the historic Wankhede Stadium on March 7.The final will be played at the Brabourne Stadium in Cricket Club of India (CCI) ground on March 22.
Of the total 11 matches, two will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, four at the MCA Stadium in Pune, four matches at DY Patil Stadium at Nerul in Navi Mumbai and the final at the picturesque Brabourne Stadium in Cricket Club of India ground.
Pune will have the rare distinction of hosting two India matches (against South Africa Legends on March 14 and Australia Legends on March 20) while Wankhede and DY Patil will host one match each featuring the host team.
The Unacademy Road Safety World Series, is a five-nation T20 cricket tournament which will showcase some of the biggest names in cricket from India, Australia, Sri Lanka, West '
Indies and South Africa.
Some notable players who will feature in this Series includes Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brett Lee, Brad Hodge, Jonty Rhodes, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne
Dilshan, Ajantha Mendis and many more. Former India captain, Padma Bhushan and theliving legend Sunil Gavaskar is the Commissioner of the Series.Every year, more than 1.5-2 lakh people die on Indian roads due to vehicular accidents;
one person dies every 4 minutes and 1,214 road accidents occur every day in the country. In the last five years, more than 65 lakh people were disabled completely. As cricket is the most followed sport in the country and cricketers are looked up to as idols, the Series aims to create awareness about road safety and change people's mind-set towards their behaviour on the roads.
Ravi Gaikwad, RTO Chief of Thane (Konkan Range), who is also a senior member of the Road Safety Cell of Maharashtra and Chairman of the Trust, Shant Bharat Surakshit Bharat, said, "There has been a lot of excitement towards this tournament and people were eagerly waiting for the schedule and the tickets. I am extremely glad for the fans and I am sure they will come in large numbers to cheer for the legends and also support this important cause of creating awareness towards road safety in the country. Road
safety is a serious concern, one person dies every 4 minutes in India and we all should join hands to make our roads safe and save precious human lives."Karan Shroff, Vice President- Marketing, Unacademy, said, "The Road Safety World Series binds together a cause that we feel deeply for, and a sport that is most loved by our TG and their parents, on and off the platform. This partnership will help us permeate the message that we want to convey as a brand. It is indeed exciting to see all the buzz around the tournament, and Unacademy is truly elated to be at the heart of it."
Albert Almeida, COO ? Live Entertainment, BookMyShow: "We, at BookMyShow, believe that live entertainment is an extremely effective medium to help create awareness on civic
and social issues. We are glad to have associated with Road Safety World Series to address
road safety concerns in the country. It will be exciting to see cricket legends pitted against
each other with fans supporting their favourite players and teams in huge numbers. We are committed to giving cricket fans an unparalleled experience that starts with booking their tickets and ends with a seamless match experience at the venue. Wishing all the teams
Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Head, Hindi Mass Entertainment and Kids TV Network, Viacom18,said, "Cricket as a sport binds people of our nation together and we are proud to bring Road Safety World Series 'live' for the audience on COLORS Cineplex, COLORS Kannada Cinema, VOOT, and Jio. The league brings back the cricketing legends onto the field and as we inch a step closer to the series-opening, we are excited to give the viewers an unparalleled experience across their preferred screens."
Melroy D'Souza, Chief Operations Officer, Professional Management Group, said, "We at PMG are excited to see the legends of cricket take the field during the Unacademy RoadSafety World Series from 7th-22nd March. We are confident that fans will flock to the
stadiums in large numbers and relive the nostalgia that the heroes of cricket will provide."
Tickets to the matches will go live exclusively on BookMyShow from February 14 6:00 p.m. onwards.(UNI)