London: India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will join compatriot Virender Sehwag and a host of other international cricketers for a charity match at the Kia Oval here on September 17.
Dhoni and Sehwag will be sharing the dressing room with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and South African ace Herschelle Gibbs of the team named Help for Heroes XI captained by England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss and managed by the great Ian Botham. They will take on a Rest of the World XI containing Brendon McCullum, Matthew Hayden, Mahela Jayawardene and Graeme Smith as well as players such as Kiwis Scott Styris and Daniel Vettori and charismatic Afghan Shapoor Zadran. The team will be coached by Gary Kirsten and managed by the legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar.
The game will be preceded by a Twenty20 match between the incredible Help for Heroes Cricket Club and the England Physical Disability Team. Looking ahead to the fundraiser called Cricket for Heroes, Dhoni said: “I am delighted to be joining so many cricketing superstars at the Kia Oval and supporting such a worthy cause. I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket in England and I would urge all sports fans to support Help for Heroes on September 17 and watch some truly world class performers in action.”