Global cricket stars past and present will face off in a competitive end of season finale with Sir Ian Botham coaching the Help for Heroes England team captained by Andrew Strauss.
Gary Kirsten will coach the Rest of the World team, whose captain is yet to be revealed.
On the eve of the Rugby World Cup the world’s best cricketers, selected by Allan Lamb, will play at the Kia Oval to raise money for the ongoing support of our wounded and their families.
The headline match will be preceded by the very first match between a Top Flight XI, who take on a Help for Heroes Recovery XI made up of those who have been wounded or injured serving in the British Armed Forces.
The Kia Oval will host the inaugural international Help for Heroes fundraiser.
Global cricket stars, coached by Sir Ian Botham (cpt Andrew Strauss) and Gary Kirsten (cpt to be revealed) will face off in a competitive finale to the cricket season.
The match is supported by Old Mutual Wealth, the UK’s leading wealth manager.
On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, the world’s best cricketers, selected by Allan Lamb, will play at the Kia Oval to raise money for the ongoing support of our wounded and their families.
Tickets are on sale at kiaoval.com, costing £20 for adults and £1 for U16s. Ticket proceeds will be donated to Help for Heroes. Ticketmaster have kindly agreed to waive all fees on e-tickets and print-at-home tickets.
The headline match will be preceded by the very first match between a Top Flight XI and Help for Heroes Recovery XI made up of Veterans and/or Serving Personnel from the British Armed Forces.
The hashtag for this international sporting event is #cricketforheroes.
Allan Lamb, Chair of Selectors, said:
“I am sure that the cricketing world will embrace this exciting game on the 17th September. As Chair of Selectors, I am intent on picking the very best teams to play each other for this great cause. We want to create a fantastic spirit on the day – and I am convinced we will do that.”
Paul Feeney, Chief Executive of Old Mutual Wealth, comments:
“We are all inspired by the remarkable individuals who not only choose to serve their country, but who go on after life-changing injuries to show us what courage really means. We are proud to be able to support them and this fundraising initiative made possible by Help for Heroes. It is set to be a unique and entertaining event for the whole family and will raise essential funds that will have a real impact on the lives and families of those who have made huge sacrifices on behalf of our nation and who inspire us today.”
Richard Gould, Surrey CCC Chief Executive and a former officer in the Royal Tank Regiment said:
“We’re honoured to be teaming up with Help for Heroes to host this match, which will be a great end of season party as well as raising a considerable amount of money for an excellent cause.”
Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of Help for Heroes said:
“Help for Heroes is all about ‘doing your bit’ to support the men and women of our Armed Forces who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses. This match will see cricket legends from around the World take part in a highly competitive game of Twenty20 to raise much needed funds for our wounded. So many of our Veterans don't know what the future holds: it's vital we continue to show support for our heroes.”
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