Former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting, who is set to come out of retirement for a charity match, will be locking horns with Shane Warne XI in a Bushfire Cricket Bash match that will be played on February 8. Cricket Australia added international touch to the much-awaited charity match on Tuesday by announcing that cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Courtney Walsh will coach the two sides.
The charity match will be also be played as a curtain-raiser for the Big Bash League (BBL) final. Former Australia skipper Ponting took to Twitter to welcome Sachin Tendulkar while taking a cheeky dig at his counterpart Shane Warne.
Ponting’s tweet read: “How great is it to have @sachin_rt taking part in the Bushfire Cricket Bash and giving up his time to come out for the cause. Picked the right team to coach too”.
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) January 21, 2020
Talking about the same as per the quotes in AFP, CA chief Kevin Roberts said, “We are absolutely honored to be welcoming Sachin and Courtney back to Australia where they both enjoyed a lot of success as players, and we can’t wait to have them involved. Both in the ICC Hall of Fame, Sachin is the greatest run-scorer of all time in international cricket, and we all remember what Courtney could do with the ball, taking more than 500 Test wickets. We’re looking forward to our people at CA and the entire Australian cricket family coming together for the Big Appeal.”
Earlier this month, Warne’s “baggy green” cap, awarded to Test players on their debut, sold at auction for more than 1 million Australian dollars (nearly USD 700,000) with all funds aiding victims. Apart from Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Clarke, Brett Lee will also return to the field on February 8. Steve Waugh and Australian coach Justin Langer will also have non-playing roles.