Sydney - Australian Shane Warne and India's
Sachin Tendulkar will captain two All-Star sides in a three-match Twenty20
series in the United States in a bid to spark interest in a sport alien to most
The ICC-sanctioned matches will be played
on drop-in pitches at major baseball fields in New York, Houston and Los
Angeles in November, with plenty of superstar talent on show.
Among the throng of cricketing greats
signed up are Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Muttiah Muralitharan,
Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath and
"We've signed all the top players
you'd ever want to see," spin king Warne, who initiated the idea with
Tendulkar, told cricket.com.au.
"I'm excited for cricket fans in the
United States to be able to see these amazing players for the first time."
A portion of proceeds from the series will
go to the ICC for the development of cricket within the US with the
organisation's chief executive David Richardson saying it "would help
cricket to reach its significant potential in the USA".
"We therefore wish them well and thank
them for their enthusiasm to develop cricket outside of its traditional
boundaries," he added.
Batting great Tendulkar said he was excited
about the prospect of taking the sport to a country more used to baseball and
"Americans are so passionate about
sports, and I think there's a huge potential for cricket to take off," he
"We're also planning some other events
and festivities in each city so we can reach as many fans as possible.
"It would be great someday to see
cricket bats right alongside the baseball bats, basketballs and soccer balls in
The first match will be played on November
7 in New York.