The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has given a prestigious ‘Golden Ticket’ to the legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. This token of honor, presented on Tuesday, reflects Bachchan’s unparalleled devotion to Indian cricket and anticipates the much-awaited ICC World Cup 2023.
The countdown to the ICC World Cup 2023 has already begun, with the grand event set to commence on October 5th at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The opening match will feature a thrilling clash between England and New Zealand, while the apex of the tournament will culminate in the final battle at the same venue on Sunday, November 19.
Renowned for his unwavering support to Indian cricket, Amitabh Bachchan has been bestowed with the rare privilege of enjoying all the matches from the vantage point of the special VIP stands, and that too, entirely free of charge. This ‘Golden Ticket’ extends beyond mere entry; it offers the iconic actor a lavish experience that befits his illustrious stature and enriches his connection to the sport.
Expressing their gratitude, the BCCI took to social media to publicly acknowledge Amitabh Bachchan’s constant backing of Team India. BCCI Honorary Secretary Jay Shah tweeted, “Golden ticket for our golden icons! BCCI Honorary Secretary @JayShah had the privilege of presenting our golden ticket to none other than the ‘Superstar of the Millennium,’ Shri @SrBachchan. A legendary actor and a devoted cricket enthusiast, Shri Bachchan’s unwavering support for #TeamIndia continues to inspire us all. We’re thrilled to have him join us for the @ICC @CricketWorldCup2023.”
Meanwhile, the anticipation for the ICC World Cup 2023 is further fueled by the announcement of India’s 15-player squad announced yesterday. Led by the charismatic Rohit Sharma, the team will have Hardik Pandya as its deputy. The lineup includes cricket luminaries such as Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.
For India, the journey towards cricketing glory is set to begin on October 8th, as India faces Australia in the ICC World Cup 2023 opener at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Indian squad for World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.