Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lara to play in CPL charity game


READY FOR BASH: Brian Lara, left, and Ian Botham, right, will be part of the “Beefy Bash” charity game during the final week of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in St Kitts.

Mark Fraser

 Cricketing legends Brian Lara and Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham are set to take part in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) charity game on August 12, at Warner Park, St Kitts.

The all-star match, called “Beefy’s Bash”, will bring together a host of celebrity personalities, cricketing legends and current stars, and will form part of an exhilarating week in St Kitts, building up to the final of the Limacol CPL 2014 on August 16.

Lara and Botham have been designated as captains for the two teams, and have issued a call to arms to cricketing superstars, personalities and fans across the world to take part. 

Piers Morgan was the first to volunteer, and has been snapped up by fellow Englishman, Botham.

About the initiative, Lara said: “I’ve seen first-hand the impact CPL has had on the region. Players and fans love it, it’s great for our up and coming talent, and it provides an economic boost as well. 

“I’ve always believed in the importance of giving back to the Caribbean, and this match will be a great way to do that. It’s going to be fun to play with and against some old friends and reignite some old rivalries, and I’ve already been contacted by plenty of fast bowlers keen to have a bowl at Piers!” he added.

Botham said: “I know how important cricket is to everyone in the Caribbean, and CPL has done a lot to reignite the region’s love for the game.”