Warne, Ponting to captain star-studded teams in bushfire fundraiser game

Warne, Ponting to captain star-studded teams in bushfire fundraiser game”

Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne will captain opposing teams in a charity match to raise money for the bushfire relief fund in Australia.

The legendary Steve Waugh will be involved in the game without being able to play. Meanwhile, Australia's fast bowling group had earlier pledged to donate A$1000 for every wicket taken during the third and final Test against New Zealand while many Big Bash League (BBL) players are also donating sums of money for sixes hit and wickets taken.

Current nationwide train Justin Langer will certainly additionally play in the video game on February 8 together with previous captain Michael Clarke and vice captain Adam Gilchrist, Cricket Australia (CA) stated in a declaration on Sunday.

"Hopefully a few (more) big names will get involved as well", Warne said on Sunday.

She was one of many domestic and global athletes, from cricketers and tennis players to Australian NBA players, to have pledged to support the fundraising for bushfire victims. It doesn't matter whether it's music, film, television or sport with the most varied codes, "said Warne".

It looks like India stars Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni could also be part of the star-studded charity game.

Waugh said Cricket Australia gave him a replacement baggy green after his first one was eaten, and that he has kept the remains of his half-eaten cap.

"It can sometimes be awesome what people do to help others in hard times".

While the women's match has been moved to the morning of February 8, Ponting XI vs Warne XI will serve as a build-up to the BBL final. "Warnie has majority on speed dial so he'll be reaching out to them over coming days", he added. "It's nice to be a part of it", Ponting told reporters. "If we could replicate something like that (tsunami match) for this game, that would be awesome".

"The Bushfire Cricket Bash will be Cricket Australia's major fundraising initiative to support Australians impacted by the recent unprecedented bushfire emergency", the International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Roberts as saying.

There will be fundraising initiatives across all three matches and all money raised will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

CA have also released a fund of $2 million to help the community cricket clubs affected by the rampaging fires.

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