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Brian Lara named in final squad for Bushfire Bash

Brian Lara named in final squad for Bushfire Bash”

The match will act as a curtain-raiser to the Big Bash League final. It will be a charity game which will be played on the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday (February 8).

Lara joins a list of former players including Yuvraj Singh and Wasim Akram.

Lara, considered to be one of the greatest global batsmen of all time, joins a raft of cricket and sporting legends who are coming together to raise funds for communities affected by Australia's bushfires.

"To have Brian Lara playing in this match is an unbelievable win for our fans", Anthony Everard, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Fan Engagement, was quoted as saying.

According to Cricket Australia web site AU.com, the participant, who scored 11953 runs in 131 Tests for West Indies at a median of 52.89, has confirmed his participation within the match. Dan Christian, Holly Ferling and Australian Rules football great Nick Riewoldt have also confirmed their participation in the game.

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PONTING TEAM: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting (c), Elyse Villani, Brian Lara, Phoebe Litchfield, Brad Haddin (wk), Brett Lee, Wasim Akram, Dan Christian, Luke Hodge. This includes former skipper, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, and Andrew Symonds.

Last month, Indian great Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies legend Courtney Walsh were announced as non-playing coaches.

All the profits raised in The Big Appeal will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund which will be then used for the upliftment and betterment of the people affected in the devastating bushfires which have burnt 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres; 186,000 square kilometres;) and killed 34 people.

The exhibition match will be a 10-overs-per-side contest, with a five-over Powerplay and no bowling restrictions.

While fielders can sub on and off as per the requirement, captains may sub batters in and out during an innings.



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