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West Indian great Malcolm Marshall’s son Mali to bowl to Ranveer Singh in '83

The cricketer will essay the role of his late father, Kabir Khan eyeing other foreign cricketers 

Malcolm Marshall, (right) Mali Marshall

Mayur Lookhar

While the actors who form the Indian squad for the film '83 have been announced, director Kabir Khan is now on the lookout for foreign actors to represent the West Indian team. Late great Malcolm Marshall’s son Mali, a cricketer himself, has joined the cast of '83 where he will play the role of his father.  

Confirming the same, Khan told, “We are thrilled to have Mali Marshall, son of the legend Malcolm Marshall play the role of his father. Not only does he look like his father but his bowling action is also exactly like him. As we all know, Malcolm Marshall was part of the fearsome West Indies quartet of pace bowlers — Marshall, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Andy Roberts.”

Like his father, Mali (28) also plays for Barbados. Mali is yet to play for West Indies.

The great West Indies side was captained by Clive Lloyd. The West Indies had won the first two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979 and were firm favourites for the 1983 tournament too, but they were upset by the underdogs, India led by Kapil Dev. Buzz has it that Khan has also approached Gordon Greenidge's son Carl to play his father.

India had defeated England in the semi-finals and so the director and producers are looking at actors/cricketers in England.

Actor Ranveer Singh plays the role of the captain Dev. Singh and his co-actors, who are part of the Indian team, recently went for a boot camp in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. The film goes on the floors on 15 May. Director Khan will shoot the film in England and Scotland.

Produced by Reliance Entertainment, '83 will be released on 10 April 2020.