Shane Warne ‘sad and disappointed’ to miss Bushfire bash in Melbourne

Shane Warne ‘sad and disappointed’ to miss Bushfire bash in Melbourne

Warne has a commitment in South Africa on match-day.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

The Bushfire cricket bash charity match has been hogging the limelight for quite a few days now. It was earlier set to take place on Saturday, February 8 in Sydney prior to the 2019-20 BBL final in Sydney. However, the weather forecasts on the day has forced the rescheduling of the Bushfire contest. The same was in order to provide the best conditions to the BBL game.

The Bushfire match will now be taking place on Sunday, February 9 at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. On the very day at the same venue, Australia Women and England Women will also be crossing swords in a T20 match. In the Bushfire contest, which will be played in a T10 format, a number of renowned stars from across the globe are to ply their trade.

From Yuvraj Singh, Matthew Hayden to Wasim Akram, there won’t be any dearth of star-cast by any stretch of the imagination. Previously, the match was listed to be played between Ponting XI and Warne XI. However, with the rescheduling of the game, Warne won’t be able to take part. Instead, Adam Gilchrist, the legendary wicket-keeper batsman, will be leading the team.

Shane Warne won’t be playing Bushfire game

The line-ups for both sides will be announced during the mid-innings break of the BBL Challenger between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars. In the meantime, Warne is a tad disappointed for not being able to take part in Sunday’s match. On that day, he will be in Cape Town, South Africa with a commitment for the Mandela Foundation.

The legendary spinner took to Twitter and wrote. “Very sad & disappointed to be missing Sunday’s cricket bash game. The reason being – I have an 8am commitment for the Mandela foundation and a walk in Capetown on Tuesday morning at 8am. No airlines can get me there in time. Happy to play if someone offers up there private plane?”

Here is Shane Warne’s tweet

The Bushfire tragedy in New South Wales has caused quite a bit of havoc. A number of people and animals were affected in the horrendous occurring. Even a BBL game at the Manuka Oval in Canberra had to be called off due to hazardous weather. The Australia and New Zealand cricketers also wore black arm-bands in the Sydney Test.