Melbourne: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been confirmed to be a part of Bushfire Cricket Bash on February 8 in Australia, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday (January 21). The venue will be confirmed later this month.

Former India captain Tendulkar will coach Ricky Ponting XI while West Indies’ pace great Courtney Walsh will coach Shane Warne XI.

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Some of the biggest names in cricket will come together to raise funds for the victims of Australian bushfires. The proceeds of the match will go to Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Roberts, said, “We are absolutely honoured to be welcoming Sachin and Courtney back to Australia where they both enjoyed a lot of success as players, and we can’t wait to have them involved in what is going to be a special day.

“Both in the ICC Hall of Fame, Sachin is the greatest run-scorer of all time in international cricket, and we all remember what Courtney could do with the ball, taking more than 500 Test wickets.

“We’re looking forward to our people at CA and the entire Australian cricket family coming together for the Big Appeal.”

So far, former Australian cricketers confirmed to play include Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke. Steve Waugh and Mel Jones will be involved in a non-playing capacity. The remaining players and further details about The Big Appeal will be announced in the next two weeks.