Former Australian legendary cricketers are set to feature in a charity match to raise funds for bushfire victims. Cricket Australia confirmed on Sunday that an all-star T20 match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Big Bash League (BBL) final on February 8 with Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting to captain the two teams.
Cricketers like Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell will also take part in the match.
On the other hand, former men’s Test and ODI skipper Steve Waugh and former Australian women’s player Mel Jones will also be involved in a non-playing capacity. On the same day, a women’s T20 international between Australia and India will be played at Junction Oval in Melbourne.
The funds generated across three matches will entirely be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. The Bushfire Cricket Bash will be played in the afternoon and will act as a curtain-raiser for the BBL Final, according to Cricket Australia.
But in a recent development, it has been confirmed that legendary players not only from Australia but also from other countries including India could feature in the charity game.
Indian cricket heavyweights, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are in line to play the Fundraising Bushfire Cricket League under the captaincy of either Shane Warne or Ricky Ponting. It wouldn't come as a surprise if the likes of MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar decide to play the game.
Cricket has witnessed numerous charity games to raise money for victims of natural disasters. In 2005, a host of big names had played the World XI v Asia XI game at the MCG to help those affected by the tsunami. The likes of Ponting, Warne, Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan were some of the big names in the game.
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