Cricket - Featured - February 7, 2020

Australian Bushfire game shifted to Melbourne

The Australian Bushfire charity match has been shifted from SCG due to forecast of torrential rain. 

The all-star match is intended to raise funds for Australian Bushfire victims. 

‘Bushfire Cricket Bash’ was primarily scheduled on Saturday at the SCG. However, the game will now be held at Melbourne’s Junction Oval on Sunday. 

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the all time greats, will coach the Ricky Ponting XI. On the other hand, West Indies bowling great Courtney Walsh will manage the other team. Adam Gilchrist is set to captain the side. Spin legend Shane Warne was originally meant to lead the side. But due to a change of schedule, he shall be unavailable following prior commitments. 

The game was scheduled as a curtain-raiser to the BBL final. However, with downpours expected, Cricket Australia (CA) said it would not be possible. 

“Change of plans! To ensure the SCG is in the best possible condition for the BBL final, we’ve made the call to not go ahead with Saturday’s Bushfire Cricket Bash at the SCG,” CA tweeted. 

Funds and profits from the game shall go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. It will help victims of the blazes which began in September. As a result, at least 33 people were dead. It also left thousands of homes destroyed. 

The match will be a 10-over per side affair with a 5-over Powerplay. There will be no bowling restrictions and bowlers will not have over limits. Fielders can sub on and off as it suits. Captains can also sub batters in and out during an innings. 

Other great names to participate in the Bushfire match: 

Brian Lara, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Akram, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Brad Haddin and Brett Lee.

Due to the reschedule, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey will also have to pull out. A number of female cricketers will also not play due to prior commitments. 

Australian Bushfire game shifted to Melbourne on Sunday

 

 

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