Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been roped in to play a charity game to be held on September 17th. The game is organized by the “Help for Heroes” which is a charity for the British soldier wounded on the battlefront. They have planned it’s first ever initiative to raise money for the noble cause.
The game will be played between the “Help for Heroes XI” vs the “Rest of the world XI”.
Dhoni will be playing for the help for Heroes XI along side his fellow country man Virender Sehwag. Dhoni seemed very much excited about the match and is looking forward to see some good cricket by match winners, “I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket in England and I would urge all sports fans to support Help for Heroes on September 17 and watch some truly world class performers in action,” Dhoni was quoted saying.
The help for Heroes side will be led by former England skipper Andrew Strauss and managed by sir Ian Botham, bolstering the side will be explosive Pakistani all rounder Shahid Afridi and retired Aussie middle order batsman Damien Martyn.
The rest of the world squad also has equally big stars in their team featuring kiwi batting sensation Brendon McCullum , Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, Graeme Smith, Matthew Hayden, Daniel Vettori, and will be managed by great Sunil Gavaskar.
The venue for the game has been decided as the Kia Oval and this game will be preceded by a game between the help for Heroes cc vs the England physical disability team.
Help for Heroes: Andrew Strauss (c), Herschelle Gibbs, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Damien Martyn, Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker, Corporal Jake Wray, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Swann, Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Gough.
Manager: Ian Botham. Coach: To be Confirmed.
Rest of the World: Brendon McCullum (c), Matthew Hayden, Graeme Smith, Mahela Jayawardene, Major Storm Green, Brian Lara, Abdul Razzaq, Scott Styris, Dan Vettori, Tim Southee, Shapoor Zadran, (12th Member to be Confirmed).
Manager: Sunil Gavaskar. Coach: Gary Kirsten.