Big names of sport to feature in 10-over clash

Ian Botham
Ian Botham
Cricket will commence celebrations of the New Zealand Open event with top-line talent on display.

The inaugural MCG Invitational, featuring heavy hitters from the worlds of golf and cricket, promises to draw crowds to a free community event on February 25. The match will be a first for the New Zealand Open, pitching a New Zealand Open XI against a Queenstown All Stars XI at the Millbrook Cricket Ground.

Ian Botham will coach the New Zealand Open XI which will take on a Queenstown All Stars XI.

Other former players lining up in the New Zealand Open XI include two former Black Caps captains in Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum along with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

Double international Jeff Wilson will also feature.

Rally driver Hayden Paddon will be joined by Indian golfer Shiv Kapur and Matt Guyatt, who has won on the Australasian PGA tour. More names will be announced next week.

The Queenstown All Stars XI will be a team selected from the Queenstown 20/20 League including a leading player from each of the seven sides in the league.

The match will start at 4.30pm and be 10 overs per side.

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