Lara to take part in Festival of Cricket in Australia

Melbourne, Dec 2 (IANS) West Indies batting legend Brian Lara will feature in Western Australia’s Festival of Cricket alongside former foes and Australian legends Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.

Brian Lara will star in the Western Australia Festival of Cricket Twenty20 exhibition match against the Perth Scorchers on December 13, reports Cricket Australia on Friday.

Lara will play alongside not only Gilchrist and Ponting but also former star batsman Andrew Symonds.

Ex-South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs will be with Lara in the legends side.

There are still four spots to be confirmed. The organisers are looking at several international stars to fill up the vacant spots.

Lara is returning to the Festival of Cricket for the third successive year after star-turns in 2014 and 2015. The match will be streamed live on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app for free.

The Festival of Cricket is one of Western Australia’s most anticipated annual cricket events at the Aquinas College Ground in Perth .

A huge crowd is expected for this year’s event, tickets are reported to be at a premium.

“The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” Cricket Australia cited Gilchrist as saying of the event.

“The chance to run around with a bunch of old mates and pit ourselves against the Scorchers is exciting and sure to be entertaining for all.”

–IANS

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