Kevin Pietersen will lead England Legends team in the upcoming Road Safety World Series, which is scheduled to start at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur from March 5. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Australia Legends are unable to travel to India and thus they have been replaced by Bangladesh Legends.
Former skipper Khaled Mahmud will lead Bangladesh Legends and the likes of Nafees Iqbal, Abdur Razzaq will be in the team. The showpiece event will also see the likes of Matthew Hoggard, Owais Shah, Monty Panesar and Nick Compton in the England side.
The England team will land in Raipur via Delhi on Friday, while Bangladesh team will reach Raipur via Kolkata on Saturday.
The first match of the tournament will be played between India Legends and Bangladesh Legends on March 5. England Legends will play their first match against Bangladesh on March 7.
The Road Safety World Series is an initiative by the Road Safety Cell of Maharashtra to create awareness. Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador for the tournament. Six nations will participate in the tournament and fans will see the return of numerous stars including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, etc.
The cricket stadium in Raipur, which boasts a stunning capacity of 65,000 people, will be filled upto 50% as per the government guidelines.
Here are the full squads of all teams:
Sri Lanka Legends: Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Russel Arnold, Ajantha Mendis, Farveez Maharoof, Sanath Jayasuriya, Manjula Prasad, Malinda Warnapura, Dammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Chamara Kapugedra, Tillakratne Dilshan, Dulanjana Wijesinghe.
Bangladesh Legends: Khaled Mahmud, Mohammed Sharif, Mushfiqur Rahman, A N M Mamun Ur Rashed, Nafees Iqbal, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Khaled Mashud, Hannan Sarker, Javed Omar, Rajin Saleh, Mehrab Hossain, Aftab Ahmed, Alamgir Kabir.
India Legends: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Noel David, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Gony.
South Africa Legends: Morne Van Wyk, Alviro Petersen, Nicky Boje, Andrew Puttick, Thandi Tshabalala, Loots Bosman, Llyod Norris Jones, Zander de Bruyn, Monde Zondeki, Garnett Kruger, Roger Telemachus, Jonty Rhodes, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Kemp.
West Indies Legends: Brian Lara, Dinanath Ramnarine, Adam Sanford, Carl Hooper, Dwayne Smith, Ryan Austin, William Perkins, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Pedro Collins, Ridley Jacobs, Narsingh Deonarine, Tino Best, Sulieman Benn.
England Legends: Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, Philip Mustard, Monty Panesar, Nick Compton, Kabir Ali, Usman Afzaal, Matthew Hoggard, James Tindall, Chris Tremlett, Sajid Mahmood, James Tredwell, Chris Schoefield, Johnathan Trott, Ryan Sidebottom.