In the recognition of all the volunteers, firefighters professionals and emergency services during the recent bushfire crisis across states, Cricket Australia is set to organize bushfire cricket bash on February 8.
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies great Courtney Walsh have joined the bandwagon to help out the cause in Australia. They will take the coaching roles in Ponting XI and Warne XI respectively. Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne will lead the playing sides in ‘The Big Appeal' match.
The star cast for the bushfire game already includes Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Alex Blackwell with some of the big names set to be announced in the next fortnight. Steve Waugh and Mel Jones will be participating in other non-playing roles. Some other big Asian names are also in the mix for the game but an official announcement is still awaited.
Cricket Australia chairman Kevin Roberts has thanked the cricket fraternity and Australian public for their active support for the cause. He said that this match wouldn’t have been possible without the support of former players and broadcasters.
He also said Cricket Australia is trying to help out in as many ways as possible through this beautiful sport of cricket. Recently, Shane Warne had put his baggy green for the auction with all the money going to the charity. He received a brilliant response from all the fans and was successful in raising $1M Australian dollars for the bushfire appeal.
Bushfire cricket bash is set to be curtains raiser for the Big Bash League final this year. Also, there will be a T20I between India and Australia Women before the charity game. So, February 8 will be a tripleheader Sunday down under for the cricket fans.