On Thursday, Andrew Strauss, the former England skipper and newly-appointed director of England Cricket, will lead a Help for Heroes XI against a Rest of the World XI at the Kia Oval in the inaugural international Help for Heroes fundraiser, Cricket for Heroes.
Some of the world’s finest cricketers, including those who have retired from the international circuit, have been selected by the former England captain Allan Lamb for this match.
Confirmed players include Graeme Swann (England), Matthew Hayden (Australia), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Simon Jones (England), Scott Styris (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Darren Gough (England), Damien Martyn (Australia), Ross Taylor (New Zealand) and Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) and Daniel Vettori (New Zealand).
Indian ODI skipper MS Dhoni, former West Indies great Brian Lara and New Zealand star Brendon McCullum was also confirmed their participation.
“I am delighted to be joining so many cricketing superstars at the Kia Oval on Thursday September 17 and supporting such a worthy cause,” Dhoni said.
From Afghanistan, fast bowling lynchpin Shapoor Zadran will take part in the match, according to a statement issued by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
Some of the world’s finest cricketers, including those who have retired from the international circuit, have been selected by the former England captain Allan Lamb for this match
Supported by Old Mutual Wealth, the UK’s leading wealth manager, the match seeks to raise funds for the wounded and sick service personnel and their families.
Zadran said he is pleased to be joining many legends of the game for this charity match and extended his support for such “commendable initiatives”