The legendary Wasim Akram and Indian great Sunil Gavaskar are among the cricketing icons in action – albeit in very different roles – on 17 September for a charity cricket which will raise money for Help for Heroes.
Left-arm pace-man Akram – one of the most devastating fast-bowlers to play the game – will be joined by his countrymen Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq as well as a slew of former and current players from across the world, including Daniel Vettori, Graeme Smith, Mathew Hayden, Brian Lara, and Graeme Swann, for the match between Help for Heroes and Rest of the World.
The Help for Heroes side will be captained by former England skipper – and current director of England cricket – Andrew Strauss while the Rest of the World will be led by current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
Gavaskar, India’s greatest opening batsman, will manage the Rest of the World side while Sir Ian Botham will take up the reigns for the “home” side.
The T20 will take place at the Kia Oval in south London.
“It’s fantastic news that we have managed to secure three prominent Pakistan cricketers and I’m sure having them on board supporting a great cause will encourage Pakistan supporters to turn out in their numbers at the Kia Oval”, said Cricket for Heroes chairman of selectors Alan Lamb.
“We have even more big player announcements to follow which I’m sure will also generate a real buzz, especially within the Asian community!”
Cricket for Heroes will also see the very first Old Mutual Changemakers Challenge Cup match between Help for Heroes Cricket Club and the England Physical Disability XI.
Tickets are available at www.cricketforheroes.com.