Tendulkar, Walsh join Bushfire Cricket Bash
Two of cricket’s living legends, India’s Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies’ Courtney Walsh will be involved in next month’s Bushfire Cricket Bash next month.
While the Caribbean pacer, first player in the history of Test cricket to grab 500 wickets, will be the coach of Shane Warne’s side; Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket (15921) will link up with Ricky Ponting’s side.
The charity match, which has still its venue to be determined, will play the role of curtain raiser to the KFC Big Bash League (BBL) final on February 8.
Apart from these two matches, another high voltage women’s T20 match between Australia and India will also be held on the same day, at Junction Oval.
The official broadcaster of all three matches are Fox Sports, and they informed on Tuesday (January 21) that Walsh and Tendulkar will not only be parts of the Bushfire Cricket Bash, but they will be involved in Fox Sports’ coverage throughout the evening as well.
Already a long list of retired Australian cricketers have confirmed their participation in the game, which includes Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell will also take part. In the mean time, former skipper Steve Waugh and former Australian women’s player Mel Jones will also be involved in a non-playing capacity.
It is not the first time Cricket Australia (CA) has worked for a cause. They did the same in a Boxing Day tsunami charity match in January 2005 that attracted a crowd of 70,101 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, they raised A$14.5 million.