Legends, stars, role models, milestone men, record-breakers, show-stoppers, gurus of cricket, you name it, you got it, all in the much-anticipated Cricket All-Stars Series T20 featuring retired players. The three games will take place starting November 7 in the United States, an unfamiliar turf in the world of cricket.
The series pits Sachin Tendulkar’s Blasters against Shane Warne’s Warriors, with the opening match taking place at New York’s Citi Field, which is home to Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.
The second match will be played on November 12 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, which houses Houston Astros. The final match will be held on November 15 at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, home to Los Angeles Dodgers.
Record-breaking Tendulkar and spin wizard Shane Warne lead their respective squads. Given the large subcontinent diaspora in the US, it is an opportunity for the spectators to watch their heroes live in action.
For the avid cricket lover, it is an opportunity to relive a Tendulkar straight drive, a Ricky Ponting pull, a Sangakkara cover-drive, a Brian Lara flick, a Jacques Kallis hook shot, a Saqlain Mustaq doosa, a Warne flipper, a Wasim Akram cutter, a Curtly Ambrose bouncer. The list goes on…
Sachin’s Blasters: Sachin Tendulkar (C) , Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag, Carl Hooper, VVS Laxman, Lance Klusener, Moin Khan (WK), Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Graeme Swann, Shaun Pollock, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar.
Warne’s Warriors: Shane Warne (C), Matthew Hayden, Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Symonds, Jacques Kallis. Jonty Rhodes. Daniel Vettori, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mustaq, Allan Donald, Courtney Walsh, Ajit Agarkar.
Fixtures: November 7, Citi Field, New York, 11:30 pm IST; November 12, Minute Maid Park, Houston, 07:30 am IST; November 15, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, 08:00 am IST.