We all have played cricket in ‘maidans’, streets or on the ground but have you ever played cricket on ice?
You don’t need to be sad. Even former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan hasn’t got the luxury of playing on ice yet, but within six days Zaheer will be seen in action in the upcoming St Moritz Ice Cricket scheduled to be held in Switzerland on February 8 and 9.
Taking to his twitter handle, Zaheer expressed his excitement at taking part in the tournament.
“Have played cricket on streets, in maidans, on a ground ,but come Feb 8th and 9th, I am going to play Cricket on Ice for the first time ever with some of the biggest stars of the game in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Considering the temperatures #AbJamegiKulfi.”
It will be a rare event where world-class cricketers will take part. As per reports in the Hindustan Times, CEO of VJ Sports, Mr Vijay Singh said,
“We are good to go to make history and are extremely eager to see all these amazing players to take on the challenge and give their fans a lot to cheer about. The special viewpoint is, obviously, the 22 yards offering an approach to snow as opposed to the standard soiled one.”
The two-day event is all set to be played in the snow-clad mountains of Switzerland. The freezing of the lake allows people to stand or even play on ice which can hold over 200 tons. While Virender Sehwag will lead Diamonds, Shahid Afridi will be at the helm of the Royals.
Sehwag will play alongside his one time teammates Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Kaif and Ajit Agarkar. The team also comprises of Sri Lankan stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga while Australia’s Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds are also part of the team.
India’s 2007 T20 World Cup hero Joginder Sharma will also take part along with Romesh Powar. There is a local boy in the team Rohan Jain who is also part of the squad.
The Royals also have some exceptional names in their ranks including the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Abdur Razzaq. Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith are a couple of Proteas batsmen taking part in the tournament. Daniel Vettori, Grant Elliot and Nathan McCullum are the New Zealanders in the team while the three English players are Monty Panesar, Owais Shah and Matt Prior. The only Swiss player on the team is Aidan Andrews.
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