Former India allrounder Irfan Pathan recently came up with an exciting idea about giving fitting farewells to some of Indian cricket’s greatest heroes. Recently, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina also announced their retirement from international cricket.
Since the duo’s retirement, the fans as well as several past and present cricketers have been urging the BCCI to organise a farewell game for the two. Amidst all these, Irfan Pathan took to Twitter to reveal his idea. He revealed a playing XI of the retired cricketers – Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Prgayan Ojha and proposed the idea of an exhibition match between former and present Indian cricketers.
“Many people are talking about a farewell game for retired players who didn’t get a proper send-off from the game. How about a charity cum farewell game from a team consisting of retired players vs the current Indian team?,” Irfan Pathan tweeted.
All eyes are now on the BCCI. And while only time will tell whether the exhibition game becomes a reality or not, we take a look at four reasons why the BCCI could give the game the green light.
4. Resumption of cricket at home:
Since March, no competitive game has taken place in India because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the way things are at the moment, it won’t be very surprising if cricket does not return soon in the country. The cases are rising at an alarming rate and it is safe to say that it will take some time before cricket starts at home.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has already told the state associations that resumption of domestic cricket will depend on how the conditions are. At the same time, he also confirmed that India will welcome England in February 2021. And while that series will mark the resumption of international cricket at home, the BCCI can definitely gamble on starting the home season with the exhibition game between former and current India stars.
With the spirit of Indian cricket fraternity at an all time low because of the pandemic, the exhibition game could definitely raise the spirits and set the tone for the remainder of the home season.