Cricket Australia is all set to organise Bushfire Cricket Bash, an all-star curtain riser T20 match, prior to the final of Big Bash League on February 8. The Bushfire Cricket Bash will be played in the afternoon.
Cricket Australia confirmed on Sunday that the teams will include legendary players from all over the world, with Shane Warne and Rickey Ponting to skipper the two teams.
The teams will include the stars like Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell. While the likes of Steve Waugh and Mel Jones will mark the legendary attendance in the dressing room as non-playing members.
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Cricket Australia have organised three matches on the same day to raise funds for the donation to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. FYI, the jungles of Australia have been on fire for many days and the situation is very worse for the wild lives. Cricket Australia is raising the finds for the relief activities for the same.
Other than the BBL final and All-star T20, CA has also scheduled a women’s T20 international between Australia and India at Junction Oval in Melbourne.Indian stars are also contacted for the same as former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting confirmed to the reporters. Ponting will captain one side in the match along with Warne captaining the other.
Ponting said, “People have been speaking to some of the players from different countries, like the Tendulkars and [MS] Dhonis and those sort of guys. We can only reach out to them and see if they want to help out. It has been a pretty tragic time,“All those guys have toured here and have had great times in Australia. Sometimes it can be amazing what people will do to help others out in difficult times. We can only ask. Warnie has most of them on speed dial so he’ll be reaching out to them over coming days.”
From the statement it seems that India stars Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni might be the part of the star-studded charity game. Both Warne and Ponting have vowed to reach every legend that can be available for the charity match. Both the cricketers have got their address book out and will try their best to make a formidable and star-studded line-up for the match as confirmed by another Australian player.
“Warnie has got his address book out and is contacting his vast array of contacts around the world to see if he can fill the remaining spots,” former Australia women team’s player Alex Blackwell told reporters.