Cricket in the game reserve of South Africa

Mumbai: After organising a path-breaking tournament for retired cricketing legends on the Alpine slopes in Switzerland two years ago, the organisers of the event are all set to now hold a six-a-side cricket match in one of the game reserves of South Africa on November 15.

"The World Cricket Legends in the Wild", to be held in KwaZulu Natal with tennis balls, will played between Kapil Dev`s Indian veterans and the South African veterans, captained by former all-rounder Mike Procter, it was announced at a press conference here today.

Led by 1983 World Cup winning India skipper Kapil Dev, the team will have Dilip Vengsarkar, Anshuman Gaekwad, Ajay Jadeja, Sandeep Patil and Roger Binny.

The opposition line up would see Graeme Pollock, Lance Klusener, Andrew Hudson, Peter Kirsten and Paul Adams, besides captain Procter taking on the Indians on November 15.

It will be a 15-over-a-side match and will be followed by a glittering prize-distribution ceremony.

Gaekwad, who had played on the Alpine snows for the Indian veterans against an All Star World XI led by Alvin Kallicharran two year back, narrated how difficult it was to complete even two runs at an altitude of 11,000 feet in that game.

"I ran the first single easily but stopped midway while taking the second run. The experience was amazing," he recalled.

Vengsarkar, who missed that event but had played at St Moritz on the Swiss Alps three years ago, said that he always regretted not having played a Test in South Africa.

"I retired in May 1992 and the first series in South Africa came up later that year. But I have played against the South Africa`s Procter, Clive Rice and Barry Richards when the Indian team toured England and they represented the English counties," said Vengsarkar.

"I am told it would be safe to play in a game park," he added.


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