Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]November 8 (ANI): South African cricket legend and former Royal Challengers Bangalore star AB de Villiers is all set to launch the first edition of The Last Man Stands (LMS) India Super League 2023, the world’s largest amateur T20 cricket league in India.
The former South African Test captain is the LMS global ambassador. According to a press release from the India Super League, the franchise-style amateur cricket tournament, held annually, will provide a unique opportunity for upcoming cricketers from across India including Tier 2, 3 and 4 urban and rural areas to showcase their talent alongside players from major Indian cities. The tournament will be held between March 17 and 22, 2023 in New Delhi.
Each team will have a team owner and will be allowed a squad of 11 players. The winning team will represent India at the Last Man Stands World Champs in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2023. The World Champs sees a significant number of global teams compete to win the title of Best LMS Team in the World every year.
The tournament’s matches will be streamed live with commentary and are expected to attract new audiences and high viewership from countries such as India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden and the United States, where LMS leagues already have a presence .
Last Man Stands has specifically designed an innovative game format with exciting new rules and global ranking system. Its unique T20 format includes a 2-hour game with 8 players per side, allowing upcoming players to participate and get a taste of playing professional modern cricket. It also gives amateur T20 cricketers from smaller, lesser-known regions across the world a platform to converge, connect and build a sense of community among themselves.
In addition, LMS offers cricket enthusiasts from India and abroad a chance to own city teams. With over 50 percent of the remaining non-bid cities now sold, the bid deadline for one of the 8 mega cities is 20 November 2022. For more information, click on https://www.lastmanstands.com/india-super-league-2023 Commenting on the league’s vision, Wayne Greve, Founder, Last Man Stands said, “We are excited to bring LMS to India. With this launch, we plan to further our passion for developing an exciting version of the game. We believe in shaping the future for cricket and connecting global communities. AB’s sportsmanship perfectly embodies the LMS ethos, making him an ideal figurehead for our organization. The grassroots-focused concept and standing of an ambassador like AB inspires players of all abilities to participate and strive to develop its game. The launch of India Super League 2023 promises to be very exciting!” AB de Villiers talked about his association with LMS. , “It’s great to be part ed as the first global ambassador for Last Man Stands. I’ve seen their innovative format grow globally at the grassroots level over the years. It’s kept many players in the game. The technological advances that LMS is making to connecting with other players around the world with global rankings and game TV highlights is just brilliant.” Last Man Stands was founded in London in 2005 by South Africans Wayne Greve and Bjorn Briggs and is the world’s largest and widest-reaching amateur cricket league. Recognized on cricket grounds globally by its distinctive colored livery, LMS organizes cricket leagues for over 200,000 players and over 20,000 matches each year. They have franchise operations in countries such as India, Australia, South Africa, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Sweden and Singapore.
In 2021, AB de Villiers, one of the most exciting players in the modern game, joined them as a global ambassador. The former batsman has bagged the ICC ODI Player of the Year 3 times in his illustrious international career. (ANI)