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Ice Cricket On A Frozen Lake? Coming Soon, From St Mortiz In Switzerland

Ice Cricket On A Frozen Lake? Coming Soon, From St Mortiz In Switzerland
St Moritz by night. (Source – Official Twitter account of St Moritz)

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Ice Cricket On A Frozen Lake? Coming Soon, From St Mortiz In Switzerland

The event could see a face-off between old rivals Virendra Sehwag and Shoiab Akhtar.

In what promises to be an exciting event, a pantheon of former stars will play ice cricket at the resort of St Moritz in the Swiss Alps on 8 and 9 February. The tournament will see two teams, Diamonds and Royals, take on each other at the unique venue – a frozen lake. Temperatures at the resort can dip to -8 to -20 degrees Celsius at night.

The Diamonds team includes former Indian players and is captained by the swashbuckling Virendra Sehwag. Former fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar, ex-middle order batsman Mohammad Kaif, former spinner Ramesh Powar and Mithun Minhas are part of the team.

Sehwag took to Twitter to share his excitement at being part of the event.

“I thought the ice bucket challenge was tough,” remarked Kaif on Twitter.

The Diamonds team also has Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardena and Tillakaratne Dilshan from Sri Lanka; Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds from Australia; and Rohan Jain from Switzerland.

The Royals team, to be led by Sahid Afridi, also has Shoiab Akhtar and Abdul Razzak from Pakistan; Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith from South Africa; Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum and Grant Elliott from New Zealand; Monty Panesar, Owais Shah and Matt Prior from England; and Aidan Andrews from Switzerland.

The official Twitter handle of Ice Cricket shared some amazing images showing the preparations that are underway for the unique two-day event.

Cricketers from across the world have been sharing their excitement about being of this novel meet. Here is how former Pakistani speedster, Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar, described his emotions on Twitter.

“Really excited about playing cricket on the ice on Feb 8th and 9th in Switzerland, will be battling it out with the best cricketers so stay tuned for pics and updates,” he told his fans. In another tweet, he described it as “something rare and special”.

The live action will be broadcast on TV by Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD from 4 pm onwards on both the days.

The build-up to the event includes the possible face-off between old rivals Sehwag and Shoiab Akhtar. Some sparks are bound to fly and memories of earlier encounters are set to be brought back when the two take the frozen field.

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