India’s all-time batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will return to cricket after a gap of over a year, albeit in a different role. Instead of holding the willow, the “God of Cricket” will be taking over the coach’s role along with West Indies’ bowling great Courtney Walsh in a charity cricket match that has been organised to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfire. The star-studded will see Ricky Ponting XI take on Shane Warne XI.
As per Cricket Australia, the game, called as the ‘Bushfire Cricket Bash’, will be played on February 8.
The match will be one of three main acts on cricket’s day of giving- The Big Appeal. The other two events include the final of the KFC Big Bash as well as the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Tri-Series T20I match between India and Australia.
Tendulkar and Walsh will be coaches to legends and former rivals including Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Justin Langer, Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke among others.
Mel Jones and Steve Waugh will be involved in the game as well, albeit in non-playing roles.
“We are absolutely honoured to be welcoming Sachin (Tendulkar) and Courtney (Walsh) back to Australia where they both enjoyed a lot of success as players, and we can’t wait to have them involved,” Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said.
“We’re looking forward to our people at CA and the entire Australian cricket family coming together for the Big Appeal.”
The profits, as well as the funds raised from the match, will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.
The raging bushfires, one of the most violent in recent times, have already taken the lives of 29 people in Australia apart from destroying over 2,000 homes.
A number of sportspersons, including Chris Lynn, Warne, Glenn Maxwell, Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios have come forward to raise funds for the bushfire victims. Recently, the Indian Hockey also donated US$ 25,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal for the same cause.
Hockey Australia extends its gratitude and thanks to @TheHockeyIndia who are donating $US25,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
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