As part of the TB-Free India Summit, T20 cricket match was played at the picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on April 8 between Mumbai Heroes and MP’s XI, the cricket teams of Bollywood (led by Bobby Deol) and Members of Parliament (led by Anurag Thakur), respectively.
The goodwill cricket match was the part of TB-Free India Summit that brought together celebrities, international experts, and Members of Parliament from across party lines, in the city to fight for the same cause and chasing the same goal—to make India TB free by 2025. TB accounts for 1400 deaths daily in India, which translates into around 5 lakh deaths annually. India has 18% of world’s population but has 27% of TB patients of the world and 34% of the TB deaths in the world. This is the 1st TB Free India Summit being organised in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh where all stakeholders including Union & State Ministers, Members of Parliament, Government officials, celebrities, public health experts and organisations working in the field of TB will congregate to formulate a vision document and roadmap for a TB free India by 2025. This has been spearheaded under the leadership of three time Lok Sabha MP and former BCCI President, Shri. Anurag Thakur.
Although Mumbai Heroes won the match, both teams pledged their support to the TB-Free India campaign and committed to increase awareness, support for zero stigma and zero discrimination and dedicate their time, energy and resources to ending TB in the country.