Road Safety World Series guide: Everything you need to know
With the Road Safety World Series set to resume on 5 March, here is your complete guide to the tournament headlined by the return of Sachin Tendulkar.
What is the Road Safety World Series?
The Road Safety World Series is a T20 cricket tournament organised by the Road Safety Cell of the Maharashtra government.
The competition was created to raise awareness about road safety in India, and has been approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
When is it taking place?
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place between 7 March and 22 March 2020, but was suspended after four matches due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The RSWS has been rescheduled for 2021, beginning on Friday 5 March, with the final set to take place on Sunday 21 March.
The 2021 tournament will pick up where it left off the year before, with the results of the first four matches in 2020 carrying over.
Where is it taking place?
Due to travel restrictions, every match of the Road Safety World Series will take place at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur.
Who is taking part?
The RSWS is made up of ‘Legends’ teams, formed of former international cricketers from six countries.
Taking part in 2021 will be the India Legends, Sri Lanka Legends, West Indies Legends, South Africa Legends, England Legends and Bangladesh Legends.
Australia Legends were part of the tournament to begin with, but have dropped out for 2021 due to Covid-19 travel issues.
Some of the players who are scheduled to take part include Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Jonty Rhodes, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Betway ambassador Kevin Pietersen.
How does it work?
The RSWS starts with a round-robin league stage, with each of the six teams facing each other once.
The top four teams after this round-robin stage will then move onto the semi-finals, where the first-placed side play the fourth-placed side, and the second face the third.
The two semi-final winners then face off in the final on 21 March.
What are the rules?
The RSWS is a T20 tournament following standard rules for this format.
Will spectators be allowed?
Yes – spectators will be in attendance throughout the tournament, although the permitted capacity is not yet clear.
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March 5: India Legends vs Bangladesh Legends
March 6: Sri Lanka Legends vs West Indies Legends
March 7: England Legends vs Bangladesh Legends
March 8: South Africa Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends
March 9: India Legends vs England Legends
March 10: Bangladesh Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends
March 11: England Legends vs South Africa Legends
March 12: Bangladesh Legends vs West Indies Legends
March 13: India Legends vs South Africa Legends
March 14: Sri Lanka Legends vs England Legends
March 15: South Africa Legends vs Bangladesh Legends
March 16: England Legends vs West Indies Legends
March 17: Semi-final 1
March 18: Semi-final 2
March 21: Final
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