Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne are all set to renew their rivalry in the Cricket All Stars T20 league that starts in New York from Saturday. The league is aimed at making cricket popular in the United States. Saturday’s match will also see 27 other retired greats take to the field again.
The Indo-Australian duo were struck with the idea of organising an event like this during the MCC vs Rest of the World XI game played at Lord’s last year to mark the bicentenary of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). That fixture was attended by many former cricketers and they felt that matches like those should be held more often.
When the teams were drawn on Thursday, Brian Lara’s name featured in Sachin’s Blasters squad. The prospect of watching two of the greatest batsmen of all time together will have cricket fans across the world tuned into the match.
Tendulkar drew Lara as well as former Indian teammates VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag. Tendulkar also picked Australian pacer Glenn McGrath for his side in a bowling group that also includes Curtly Ambrose, Shaun Pollock, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shoaib Akhtar.
On the other hand, legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne selected some of his former Australian teammates to play for his side, including Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds. Warne also picked up the dream pace trio of Courtney Walsh, Allan Donald and Wasim Akram.
“It was great to be in the same room with all of these amazing players today. We are all good friends off the pitch, but we are also fiercely competitive,” Tendulkar said in a release on Thursday.
“It will be exciting to play on the same team as some of my former rivals, and of course, it will be great to face Shane again. What makes it even more special is that we will be playing in Major League Baseball Stadiums in America in front of new and existing fans,” the 42-year-old said.
“These are some of the greatest players in recent cricket history. You can’t go wrong with any of these guys on your team. Either way the draw went, I would consider that a fantasy team. Warne’s Warriors will be ready for a great game on Saturday,” Warne said.