Tendulkar, Dhoni, Lara expected in BCB
Among the possible international stars expected for the match, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and West Indies’ Brian Lara are the biggest names to possibly play “one last match” on Australian soil.
Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne, two captains of the respective teams, vowed to open their address book for the much anticipated game.
“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,” said former Australia cricketer Alex Blackwell on Sunday (January 12).
Meanwhile, 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.”
He then also added, “We can only try. We can only reach out to them and see if they want to help out. It’s been a pretty tragic time in Australia. All those guys that have been here and toured with different countries have had great times being in Australia.”
When asked regarding this issue to Warne, he also added Lara’s name to his list of targets.
Ponting was confident of locking the pace spearhead Brett Lee into his starting side. “All the fast bowlers will be on my team. I’ll have Lee, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Jason) Gillespie, (Glenn) McGrath. They’ll all be on my team,” he said.
The match is slated to happen on February 8, which will form a blockbuster Sunday triple-header, as February 8 is the date to also hold the final of the Big Bash League, as well as a women’s international T20 fixture between India and Australia.