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Literature-cricket to connect at Jaipur fest

Posted on Jan 17, 06:51PM | IBNS

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia's leading literature event, scheduled to begin in the Rajasthan capital from Jan 24, will see a friendly cricket match between the authors and Royals XI.

According to the organizers, the LitFest will encompass a range of activities in the areas of film, music and theatre.

"To add to the enthusiasm, a friendly cricket match is being organized between leading authors coming to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival and the Royals XI, comprising of few players, team management and esteemed personalities," said the organizers.

The 'Authors XI' versus 'Royals XI' match will be held in Jaipur, the home of Rajasthan Royals, on Jan 23 between 2 and 5 pm.

Sreesanth, Ashok Menaria, Ajit Chandela, Dishant Yagnik, Raghu Iyer, Shashi Tharoor, Tarun Tejpal and Lakshya Raj Singh Mewar are among the eminent players constituting the Royals XI team.

The Authors XI team includes prominent names such as Richard Beard, Sam Carter, Nicholas Hogg, James Holland, Tom Holland, Anthony McGowan, Anosh Irani, Alex Preston and Charlie Campbell, the captain of the team.

Sharing his enthusiasm about the match, Charlie Campbell said, "It is a dream made real for the Authors to play the Royals XI. We feel like cricket's answer to Rocky Balboa. We are all ready, if asked, to turn our backs on books and join the growing ranks of fans of T20 cricket."

Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, "As a team that epitomizes the elegance, royalty and rich heritage of Rajasthan, we are proud and excited to be associated with the DSC Jaipur Literature festival.

"Other than being a magnificent platform to celebrate the wonderful art of writing, the festival is extraordinary because it is the most prestigious event in the Asia-Pacific region to recognise the works of both national and international writers. We are thrilled to host the friendly match which promises to be as energetic and competitive as the literature festival itself."

As a new fixture in the annual event at Jaipur, the match is open to the public at no cost and has been set to keep the festival fervour at the highest levels.

Sanjoy K. Roy, Producer, DSC Jaipur Literature Festival and MD, Teamwork Productions, said, "It is an unusual combination to have authors and cricketers in a match of skill - this new festival fixture will be a delight for audiences from Jaipur and around the world."