Three new cricketers amongst new joinees in St. Moritz Ice Cricket tournament

The unique two-day event will take place against the serene and breath-taking backdrop of the Swiss mountains

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan. (Photo by ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The flagship Ice cricket tournament, slated to take place on February 8 and 9, in Switzerland has got three new entrants. Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, New Zealand’s Nathan McCullum and India’s Ajit Agarkar are the latest cricketers to join a host of former stars for the inaugural St. Moritz Ice Cricket tournament.

The unique two-day event will take place against the serene and breath-taking backdrop of the Swiss mountains which will host two matches in two days. The lake freezes into an extremely thick layer of ice, enabling the lake to withstand more than 200 tons of weight, thereby providing the apt conditions to construct pavilion and grandstands to watch and support the festivities.

The pitch that has been laid out for the tournament consists of a state of the art artificial turf carpet spread out on the snowfield in St. Moritz, a high Alpine resort in the Engadine. The two teams that will compete in the two-day extravaganza have been named as-Royals & Badrutt’s.

According to Vijay Singh, CEO, VJ Sports, “We are good to go to make history and are extremely eager to see all these amazing players to take on the challenge and give their fans a lot to cheer about. The special viewpoint is, obviously, the 22 yards offering an approach to snow as opposed to the standard soiled one.”

He further adds as quoted by Indian Express, “With the approval from International Cricket Council (ICC), the St. Moritz Ice Cricket has the potential to become a flagship property for the recognizing benefactors of the diversion everywhere throughout the globe.”

How the teams will look

Earlier, South African legends Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis have confirmed to play in the flagship tournament. The Royals boast of a star-studded lineup comprising the likes of Shahid Afridi, Daniel Vettori, Shoaib Akhtar while Badrutt’s looks lethal with Virender Sehwag, Michael Hussey, Lasith Malinga etc in their team.

The cricketers will be using traditional cricketing gear, including the red-ball. However, to acclimatize to the condition, they will don sports shoes instead of spikes.

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