Kat Rose and Cricket Canada

Kat Rose and Cricket Canada

February 17, 2012 10:51 ET

Cricket All-Star T20 Match in Toronto

Asia XI vs International XI

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2012) - Kat Rose Inc. has officially announced the details of the Cricket All-Star T20 match, which will be taking place on May 12, 2012 at Rogers Centre. "This exhibition match has been sanctioned by Cricket Canada, and approved by the International Cricket Council, and we are certain that it will be a memorable event," said Ranjit Saini, President of Cricket Canada.

"The idea is very similar to that of an NBA or an NHL All-Star game, as we are getting the best available players from all over the world to put on an exciting show," said Herb Choga, President of Kat Rose Inc. The Cricket All-Star T20 match will feature Asia XI vs International XI, and six players from each squad were announced at the press conference yesterday, which took place at Rogers Centre.

The Asia XI team will be lead by Shahid "Boom Boom" Afridi (Pakistan), who will be the team captain as he has captivated the hearts of cricket fans all around the world over the last decade and a half. Other all-stars named for the side are Sanath Jayasuriya, a former Sri Lankan all-rounder whose record for the fastest century has only been overtaken by Afridi; Sunil Joshi (India), a left-arm spinner; Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), who is arguably the best spinner in the sport today; Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), an opening batsman; and Mohammad Sami (Pakistan), a fast bowler.

Two Canadian superstars will be part of the International XI squad; Ashish Bagai, former team captain; and Rizwan Cheema, a world-class cricketer who is currently also playing in the Bangladesh Premier League. Other names announced for the International XI squad are Mark Boucher (South Africa), considered to be one of the most successful wicket-keepers of all time; Tino Best (West Indies), known as one of the fastest bowler during his prime; Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), a top-tier all-rounder.

Alistair Campbell, Chief Selector of the event said, "Brian Lara (West Indies) is close to being signed," but assured that "the greatest batsmen of all time will be the team captain."

"The match will be played on an artificial turf, and ICC certified Canadian umpires will be selected," said Ingleton Liburd, Cricket Operations Officer for Cricket Canada. He further stated, "proceeds from the match will be donated to Cricket Canada for its Home Ground Project and future development of the sport in Canada."

"Imran Khan, a Dutch-born Punjabi singer of Pakistani background, will electrify the crowd during the half-time show," said Amir Shamsi, Sr. VP of Kat Rose.

Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, February 18, 2010 at 10 a.m., and the ticket prices are as follows: $25, $39, $69, $99, and $199. It has been over 4 years since the last time international crickets played in Canada, and tickets are expected to sell out fast. Please visit www.ticketmaster.com for more information regarding the tickets, or visit our website (below) for more information regarding the event.

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