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Cuttack to host Legends League Cricket final

Bhubaneswar: Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was announced as the venue that will be hosting the final of
the Legends League Cricket (LLC) on October 5 even as legendary cricketers described the
League as “serious” business where the superstars, many of whom are as efficient as they were in their
prime, do not yield an inch without a fight.
While former India batter Mohammed Kaif covered a lot of ground near the fence before taking a diving
catch and made the fans nostalgic about his brilliant fielding skills, the swashbuckler Yusuf Pathan has
been playing as if he has never retired. Stars like Kevin O’Brien and Ashley Nurse have also hit
scintillating centuries.
All this has generated a tremendous response from the fans, said Raman Raheja, the co-founder and CEO
of Legends League Cricket. 
“We have received a tremendous response both from the in-stadium audience and TV ratings. We have
got the TV ratings for the first match. We have outdone ourselves… It is five times higher than last season
in terms of ratings. We have also retained the position of being the second-most watched T20 league in
India after the IPL and our digital footprint has crossed six hundred million,” he said.
The on-going season has recorded massive 16 million-plus unique viewers on the digital streaming
platforms in India and its digital footprints have also crossed 600 million fans across the world.
According to the latest Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) TV ratings, the opening match of
the season between India Maharajas and World Giants, played at Eden Gardens with the world’s greatest
players taking part in it, has garnered higher ratings than any other on-going cricket league in the
Legends League Cricket is serious business, say cricket superstars
England’s Graeme Swann has also been trying to deceive the batters with off-spin, just like the way he
used to do when playing for his country. Swann, who is representing the Gujarat Giants, said that the
competitiveness on the ground is spilling onto the practice nets as he has been training hard. “It is a
brilliant tournament, it shocked me with how competitive it is. I thought it would be easier on the body,”
Swann told a press conference in New Delhi on Friday.
Bhilwara Kings’ pacer S Sreesanth said the legendary players are hitting the gym regularly. “It’s not a
charity game, everybody is at the gym, training… I am surprised that I am bowling with the same vigour
and speed that I used to bowl when playing for the country,” Sreesanth said.
Swann’s Gujarat Giants teammate and former Sri Lanka mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis spoke on the
same lines. “Everyone is playing very serious cricket here. A lot of the legends are still very dangerous on
the ground. I am excited to play in this tournament.”

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