Cricket: Power Cricket Returns to the Stadium

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 6, 2002 | Go to article overview

Cricket: Power Cricket Returns to the Stadium


Byline: ANDREA MORGAN

POWER CRICKET is returning to the Millennium Stadium early next year. Promoters DP Cricket are bringing the innovative game back to South Wales after its success last month and this time Asia will face the Rest of the World in a two-match series.

Bowling legend Wasim Akram, who played last month, will be back in Cardiff for the hard-hitting, fast paced clash along with other world stars Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble of India and Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Glamorgan player Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan.

New Zealand's Stephen Fleming will once again captain the Rest of the World, while DP Cricket are also hoping to secure the services of top players from the West Indies, South Africa and Australia only two weeks before the World Cup.

Local heroes Matthew Maynard and Robert Croft are also lined up to return under the lights of the stadium - where a batsman can score a maximum 12 runs for hitting the roof - on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26.

Promoter Philip Pride said, ``By combining the best talent from India and Pakistan we believe we will create a mighty force to represent the continent of Asia in the second of our indoor cricket spectacles in Cardiff.

``One of the things we were very proud of last time was the quality of players we were able to assemble in Cardiff. We had some of the greatest cricketers in the world. We have two great games lined up with two great sides.'' More than 12,000 fans turned up over two nights for the first ever indoor cricket international in Europe last month when Rest of the World took the spoils and a pounds 50,000 prize in both games. …

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