Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis have been named among a throng of former cricket superstars who will take the sport to the United States in November.
Warne and Tendulkar will captain the two All-Star sides in the three-match Twenty20 series, while Australians Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath and Brad Haddin will also play in the ICC-sanctioned event.
The matches will be played at the major baseball fields in New York, Houston and Los Angeles, with plenty of talent on show with the likes of Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram and Kallis all confirmed starters.
‘We’ve signed all the top players you’d ever want to see,’ Warne told cricket.com.au. ‘I’m excited for cricket fans in the United States to be able to see these amazing players for the first time.’
A portion of proceeds from the series will go to the ICC for the development of cricket within the country.
‘Americans are so passionate about sports, and I think there’s a huge potential for cricket to take off,’ Tendulkar added.
‘We’re also planning some other events and festivities in each city so we can reach as many fans as possible. It would be great some day to see cricket bats right alongside the baseball bats, basketballs and soccer balls in America.’
The first match will be played on 7 November in New York. – AAP