Legends League Cricket is great concept, could expand to five-six teams in future, says Gujarat Giants coach Venkatesh Prasad

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Legends League Cricket is great concept, could expand to five-six teams in future, says Gujarat Giants coach Venkatesh Prasad
Legends League Cricket is great concept, could expand to five-six teams in future, says Gujarat Giants coach Venkatesh Prasad

Legends League Cricket is great concept, could expand to five-six teams in future, says Gujarat Giants coach Venkatesh Prasad

Legendary Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad stated on Thursday that Legends League Cricket will be a thrilling experience for the fans, particularly those in cities like Jodhpur and Lucknow who did not often have the opportunity to see some of the sport’s legendary names in person.

Beginning on September 17, Legends League Cricket’s second season will begin. Gujarat Giants, a team owned by Adani Sportsline, are coached by Prasad.

“It will be an exciting experience. We are playing in centres where spectators might have not seen these legends that much on their grounds. Delhi and Kolkata are different. But we are also playing in Lucknow, Jodhpur. People would love to see Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and other legends playing for Gujarat Giants and other legends who are playing in this league as well,” said Prasad to ANI.

“Fans would love to see them (cricketers) showcase their skills. For me also, I am also going to see how these players are going to perform after years of leaving international cricket. It is going to be fun, competitive and also serious,” he added.

Prasad has taken 196 wickets in 221 ODI games while playing for India. He has also captured 96 wickets in 33 Test matches for India while representing the country.

Legends including as former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, brazen West Indies batter Chris Gayle, all-around New Zealander Daniel Vettori, former England bowler Graeme Swann, and former Ireland cricketer Kevin O’ Brian make up the Gujarat Giants lineup.

On experience coaching players like Sehwag and Gayle, Prasad said, “They (Sehwag and Gayle) are already legends. They do not really need coaching. Being legends, they know exactly what they have to do. Thanks to Sehwag that I am in this role for Gujarat Giants.”

“Me and Viru go long way back. We have played together for the nation. When he was playing, I got into coaching. We were involved in a couple of IPL franchises. Also it is nice to be back. I am coming into the coaching after quite some time. I was going towards administration. It is nice to be with Viru and Gujarat Giants,” he added.

The former pacer responded to the question of how current international playerscould benefit from this league of legends by saying that both experienced athletes and rookies are always learning.

“Learning never stops. There is always something to take away from the game. It is an opportunity for the cricketers who have retired. And it is a great concept. It is here to stay. It could expand to five to six teams. Also it gives opportunities to players who have retired from their country and state,” he added.

A special benefit game between India Maharajas and World Giants, captained by South African icon Jacques Kallis and India Maharajas, respectively, will take place on September 16 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata before to the league’s commencement.

Sehwag’s Gujarat Giants and Gautam Gambhir’s India Capitals will face off in the league opener in Kolkata on September 17 as the renowned cricketers from ten nations will be seen in action. The four-team league will also include Manipal Tigers and Bhilwara Kings, each led by Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.

The other locations for the next Legends League Cricket, which runs until October 8, are Lucknow, New Delhi, Cuttack, and Jodhpur.