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Ex-England Cricketer Lands First Ashes Blow

Ex-England Cricketer Lands First Ashes Blow
Ex-England Cricketer Lands First Ashes Blow

The Ashes may still be over two months and an entire Cricket World Cup away, but ex-Yorkshire and England cricketer, Richard Blakey has landed the first blow – revealing tickets for his Ashes Icons event in Leeds on August 21st will be printed on sandpaper.

Richard, who played for Yorkshire from 1985 to 2003, and represented England in both Test and One Day Internationals, revealed that his decision to poke fun at the Australian’s “sandpapergate” shame was aimed at igniting the Ashes flames early, so that by the time the series begins all of England is ready to roar the team to victory.

“The sporting rivalry between England and Australia is huge, and The Ashes brings it to the fore in a way that no other sport can come close to matching,” he said. “And yes, I know it’s a bit cheeky to revel in someone else’s misfortune, but I decided to print my Ashes Icons tickets on sandpaper knowing that had the offending strip of sandpaper been filmed being hurriedly stuffed down an English players whites, then every single Australian would have jumped at the chance to do the exact same thing.”

Richard’s Ashes Icons event takes place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday 21st August – the eve of the 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley Stadium – and sees some of the biggest names in Ashes history coming together for a night that will appeal to every cricket fan.

The line-up features England legends, Michael Vaughan, Mike Atherton and Darren Gough; the coach who masterminded the 2017-18 4-0 Ashes win for Australia; Darren Lehmann; and slick cricket broadcaster, Mark Nicholas.

“It’s going to be one hell of night,” added Richard. “None of the panel are known for being shy in expressing their opinion, and I’m pretty sure Mark will have a lively time trying to maintain order – especially when the questions turn (as they undoubtedly will) to the subject of sandpaper.”

Tables at the Ashes Icons dinner are available now, with prices from £1,450 for ten guests. For further information visit

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