CPL To Host 'Beefy's Bash'
The Caribbean Premier League 2014 will host an all-star charity Twenty20 match featuring legends Sir Ian Botham and Brian Lara on 12th August.
'Beefy's Bash' will be held in Saint Kitts, four days before the CPL 2014 gets underway with Botham and Lara as team captains.
Despite being given a working over by Brett Lee in Australia, Piers Morgan has been signed up by Botham to play on his side.
A host of celebrities, cricket legends and current players are also expected to turn out.
"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," Botham said.
"St Kitts is an amazing island of rare beauty, full of wonderful people, and I’m excited to give something back to the country through this charity match, as well as getting the chance to watch the closing stages of the CPL."
Morgan commented: "As soon as I got the call from Beefy, I knew this was something I wanted to be involved in.
"I'm a huge fan of cricket and I love the Caribbean, so a chance to play in this special game and get involved with the Biggest Party in Sport was too good an opportunity to miss.
"I've already asked Brett Lee to join in, but this time playing WITH me - not breaking my ribs!"
And Lara added: "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!"
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League said; "It was no surprise when Beefy got in touch about the game.
"The CPL is the Biggest Party in Sport and as a result, we’re naturally attracting some of the leading names in sport and entertainment.
"Beefy’s Bash is set to be a remarkable highlight of finals week in St. Kitts and expect some more big names to be announced in the coming weeks."
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