Lara to feature in Bushfire Cricket Bash
West Indies legend Brian Lara on Friday (January 31) has confirmed his participation in the Bushfire Cricket Bash, the charity cricket match organised to raise funds for Australia’s bushfire victims.
Lara, who represented West Indies in 131 Tests and 299 ODIs, has joined the likes of India’s 2011 World Cup hero and Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram on the playing rosters.
The announcement of Lara’s participation comes followed by the news of Sachin Tendulkar and Courtney Walsh being added as coaches of the teams.
Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne will lead two sides named after them. Australian greats like Mathew Hayden, Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin and Mike Hussey, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell will play in the game, while Mel Jones and former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh will also take part in non-playing capacities.
The charity match will be played on February 8. It will be one of three headline acts on cricket’s day of giving, The Big Appeal. Venue of the match is still undecided, but as reports suggest, it will be played at either the MCG, the SCG or Adelaide Oval. The T20I match between India and Australia as well as the final of the Big Bash League (BBL) will also take place on the same day.
In the mean time, Australian players Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and D’Arcy Short also promised that they will donate AUD 250 each for every six they hit in the ongoing BBL to support the victims. This bushfire is being considered as an unprecedented crisis that has shocked the world. It has also prompted an outpouring of support from national leaders as well as celebrities and athletes.