Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara targeted for bushfire relief match

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting will captain teams in a bushfire relief match to be staged on February 8 before the Big Bash final as part of Cricket Australia's fundraising efforts amid the devastating bushfires across the country.

On Friday, Warne's "baggy green" cap, awarded to Test players on their debut, sold at auction for more than Aus$1 million (nearly $700,000) with all funds aiding victims. Steve Waugh and Mel Jones will be involved but in a non-playing capacity.

She was one of many domestic and global athletes, from cricketers and tennis players to Australian NBA players, to have pledged to support the fundraising for bushfire victims.

Legends like the former opener and current coach Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, and Alex Blackwell will also participate.

Warne and former Australia captain Ponting said outside the MCG that the Bushfire Cricket Bash will be the curtain raiser to the Big Bash final.

"Hopefully a few [more] big names will get involved as well", Warne said on Sunday. "We're trying to put together an eclectic group, a diverse group that people will identify with".

Worldwide cricket legends Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are on the wishlist.

"All those guys who have been out here and traveled with different countries have had great times in Australia, whether it's playing here or getting out and about", Ponting was quoted as saying in

Ponting is hoping his former teammate's extensive contact list of big-names will come in useful, joking Warne has "most of them on speed-dial".

"It can sometimes be awesome what people do to help others in hard times".

Roberts said: "I'm very proud of the response not only from the Australian Cricket family but from the broader sporting industry and the community at large".

The venue of the game will be decided based on the who hosts the BBL final, with it looking likely to be the Melbourne Stars or Sydney Sixers to take that role. "It's nice to be a part of it", Ponting told reporters.

Funds will be raised across all the three matches with the money donated to Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

"Throughout the Australian cricket family, including all states and territories, as well as the ACA, our initiative has helped volunteer more than 4,000 days to help where they are needed", said CA boss Kevin Roberts.

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