Wednesday 16 July 2014 

Brian Lara XI To Play Warwickshire XI

Brian Lara
Brian Lara, seen here in action at Lord's for the MCC, will captain a side against Warwickshire on 14th September
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West Indian legend Brian Lara will captain a team of players including Andrew Strauss against his former Warwickshire team-mates in a match to organised to raise funds for Rwanda Cricket.

The game will take place at Wormsley Cricket Ground on 14th September to raise funds for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Federaation (RCSF), of which Lara is a patron.

Lara, who broke a plethora of records during his time in the game, enjoyed a particularly successful season with Warwickshire in 1994, the year in which the Rwandan country was suffering most during a brutal genocide.

10 years later, the team made its international debut but there is still no first-class tandard pitch in the country, which the RCSF aims to solve by building an international stadium which is ready for play by September 2015.

"I’ve seen the enthusiasm for the game in Rwanda, and there is plenty of natural talent," he said.

"It’s vital that we support the Rwandan Cricket Association in harnessing that talent as we believe sport can help build the incredible progress the country has made in the last twenty years. 

"The stadium will create a lasting legacy for the game in this wonderful country."

Lara's team will include former England captains Strauss and Clare Connor and he will be playing against a team made up his former colleagues who helped Warwickshire win three out of four domestic trophies during his time at Edgbaston.

Those supporting the game include Prime Minister David Cameron, commentator Jonathan Agnew ad England player Heather Knight.

Tickets for the match start at £15 and are available from The Ticket Factory.

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