Legends League Cricket: John Buchanan, Lalchand Rajput Named Coaches For Benefit Match

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Former World Cup winning Australian coach John Buchanan and Lalchand Rajput have been appointed as coaches of India Maharajas and World Giants respectively for the Legends League Cricket benefit match at Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on September 16. A special benefit match kicks off the highly anticipated season of the competition in India for the first time.

Considered one of the best coaches in the world, Buchanan had led Australia to countless successes, including twice winning the ODI World Cup, their first ever Champions Trophy win in 2006 and Ashes’ reign in the early 2000s.

Rajput, on the other hand, is also a popular name in the cricket circuit. The former Indian batsman has successfully coached international teams such as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. He was also the manager of the Indian team that won the historic T20 World Cup in 2007.

“Rajput and Buchanan will also coach LNJ Bhilwara Kings and Manipal Tigers respectively in the competition,” an official release said.

“It’s great to have not only legendary players, but coaches, who have not only been part of their country’s greatest victories, but also have a great relationship with each of the faithful cricketers. We welcome and wish them both all the best to them for the match at Eden Gardens,” said Raman Raheja, CEO and co-founder of Legends League Cricket.

India Maharajas will be led by one of India’s most successful openers Virender Sehwag, while South African great Jacques Kallis will captain Team World Giants.


While the legendary cricketers from 10 countries will be seen in action, Sehwag’s Gujarat Giants and Gautam Gambhir’s India Capitals will close the horns in the league opener in Kolkata on September 17. Manipal Tigers and Bhilwara Kings will also be part of the four-team competition.

Lucknow, New Delhi, Cuttack and Jodhpur are the other venues for the upcoming edition of Legends League Cricket, which runs until October 5.

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