BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Pakistan hero Shoaib Akhtar and former India captain Azharuddin attended the final. Notably, BCCI was the host of the T20 World Cup 2021. The trio also shared a frame for a picture in a get together at the showpiece event. Notably, Akhtar had played under the captaincy of Ganguly in the inaugural edition of IPL and the latter had made his Test debut under the captaincy of Azharuddin.
In a recent interview, Ganguly spoke about India-Pakistan bilateral cricket, especially with his former cricketing rival Rameez Raja taking over as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, he said it was not in his hands.
“This is not in the hands of the boards. At world tournaments, the two teams do play each other. Bilateral cricket has been stopped for years and this is something that the respective governments have to work on. This is not in Rameez’s hands, nor mine,” Ganguly said.
On the subject of India and Pakistan, Ganguly recalled how he got reprimanded by Pakistan’s then President, Pervez Musharraf, for breaking team and security protocols and sneaking out to Lahore’s food street to try out the ‘kebabs’ during India’s their tour to Pakistan in 2004. “I got a call from (Pervez) Musharraf warning me that I could do whatever I wanted except breaking security protocols,” Ganguly said with a chuckle.
Mitchell Marsh and David Warner played knocks of 77 and 53 respectively as Australia lifted its maiden T20 World Cup title. In the summit clash, Australia outclassed New Zealand by eight wickets with seven balls to spare while chasing a target of 173. Earlier, Kane Williamson played brilliant innings of 85 runs as New Zealand posted 172/4 against Australia Asked to bat first.