The second edition of the Road Safety World Series is slated to commence, tentatively, from January 9 with the final on February 16. However, there hasn’t been any official word yet from the organizers.
The six-team tournament which sees former legends of the game battle it out is organized to create awareness about the safety rules on the road. The inaugural edition was won by hosts India Legends, captained by batting great Sachin Tendulkar.
The venue for the 2022 edition of the Road Safety World Series isn’t confirmed yet. With the unrelenting pandemic situation in India, which had already forced the second phase of the IPL 2021 and the T20 World Cup to the UAE, this tournament also is unlikely to take place in the country. Not to forget, Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, and Yusuf Pathan had contracted the virus after their participation in the first season earlier this year.
It has been reported that Sri Lanka, UAE, and South Africa are in contention to host the tournament.
India Legends defeated Sri Lanka Legends to be crowned maiden champion of Road Safety World Series
The first edition of the Road Safety World Series was actually held in two parts – in 2020 and 2021 – partitioned by the pandemic. Australia Legends played one game in the first phase and didn’t turn up for the second due to covid-19 restrictions; a Legends team of Bangladesh was added in the second phase which was held in Raipur in its entirety. Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, and England were the other teams.
India and Sri Lanka finished as the top two teams with 20 points each on the points table; they then defeated West Indies and South Africa respectively to meet in the final.
Powered by Yusuf Pathan’s 62 off 36 and Yuvraj Singh’s 60 off 41, the hosts posted 181 on the board. Sri Lanka, in reply, got off to a strong start with a 62-run partnership between the eventual Man of the Tournament and captain, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Sanath Jayasuriya.
Yusuf Pathan once again came to the rescue as he dismissed both the openers. Sri Lanka kept losing wickets and fell 14 runs short of India total, making Tendulkar’s team the champion of the Road Safety World Series 2020-21.
Discussions have been held in respective of Sri Lanka to be the host nation of the series. Failure to which the discussions may not go in favor of Sri Lanka, the organizers have decided that the series will be held in the UAE or South Africa.#RoadSafetyWorldSeries
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) July 31, 2021