Lara, Tendulkar to star in Road Safety World Series in India next year

By October 17, 2019

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara and Indian great Sachin Tendulkar will take up their bats once again during the Road Safety World Series in India next year.

The T20 tournament set for February 2-16, 2020, will involve cricketers from the West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa with players like Brett Lee, Virender Sehwag and Jonty Rhodes expected to be on show.

During the course of the league, the cricketers are expected to spread the message of road safety and the BCCI has given the all-clear for the league to become an annual event.

According to reports, the league is promoted by Swach Bharat Surakshit Bharat, a trust working closely with the RTO department of Maharashtra and it is conceptualized by the Professional Management Group (PMG).

Sachin Tendulkar is the official brand ambassador of the tournament and Viacom 18 are the broadcast partners, with Jio and Voot being the digital partners.

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