One World One Family Cup: Everything you need to know

A cause which shall lift the spirit of humanity, the ‘One World One Family Cup’ will witness the convergence of legends from the cricketing world on January 18 at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli.

Organized by the Sri Madhusudan Sai Global Humanitarian Mission, which is based on the philosophy of ‘one world one family’ that works tirelessly for the cause of nutrition, education, and healthcare for the needy across 30+ countries, this friendly cricket match is all set to exude the power of unity, the strength of a shared humanity, and the feeling of a collective social responsibility.

The day presided over by Shri Pralhad Joshi, Honorable Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coals and Mines, Government of India, will also mark the inauguration of the cricket stadium at Sathya Sai Grama – Sai Krishnan Cricket Stadium. Bharat Ratna awardee Sachin Tendulkar and Padma Shri awardee Yuvraj Singh will be captains of the two teams.

From Harbhajan Singh to Muthaiah Muralitharan, from Irfan Pathan to Chaminda Vaas, from pace bowlers like RP Singh to left-arm spin bowlers like Monty Panesar, from Danny Morrison to Venkatesh Prasad, and many more from seven nations, their participation at the ‘One World One Family Cup’ will serve as a testimony and commitment to being an advocate for meaningful change. Each of them known for their remarkable achievements and success stories, has brought rich laurels to their countries.

The stadium which is a five-petaled sports arena consisting of 3,500 seats across four galleries, and a center stage, will welcome its first set of players ever who will unite through the spirit of cricket and be part of a global family to spread awareness about embracing all as one world family – vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam.

One of the most exciting facets is also that a few players from the unforgettable 1983 Cricket World Cup team will be present to witness the friendship match and show their solidarity towards the cause of ‘One World One Family.’

Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who batted 34 centuries for India, continues to bat even today; but this time for the cause of needy individuals who are being served by the Sri Madhusudan Sai Global Humanitarian Mission, and this innings he calls it “the best innings in his life”.

Gavaskar shares: “Cricket is more than just a sport; it is a powerful platform that unites people from all walks of life. Over the years, I have witnessed the immense power of sports to bring people together and make a positive impact on society. This unique friendship match aims to leverage the popularity of cricket to draw attention to the pressing issues faced by the underprivileged of our society, and the great work being done by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai in the spirit of One World One Family – vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam.”

One World One Family Cup squads

One World Squad

Sachin Tendulkar (c), Naman Ojha, Upul Tharanga, Alviro Pieterson, Subramaniam Badrinath, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda, Ajanta Mendis, Harbhajan Singh, Monty Panesar, RP Singh, Danny Morrison

One Family Squad

Yuvraj Singh (c), Parthiv Patel, Mohammad Kaif, Darren Maddy, Alok Kapali, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Yusuf Pathan, Jason Krejza, Muttiah Muralitharan, Makhaya Ntini, Chaminda Vaas, Venkatesh Prasad

When and where would the One World One Family Cup match be played?

Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka (30 minutes from the Bengaluru International Airport) on January 18. The 3500-seater stadium cricket is designed in the shape of a 5-petal lotus, a distinctive structure that captivates the eye., creating a unique atmosphere where sportsmanship and spiritual harmony converge.

Where to watch One World One Family Cup?

While the ‘One World One Family Cup’ event is free to attend, seating will be available by invitation only. The coverage will start at 10 am IST on Star Sports & streamed live Sri Madhusudan Sai Global Humanitarian Mission’s YouTube channels.