In a highly anticipated affair, New Zealand’s cricket renowned names will lock horns with a side comprising of current and former All Blacks, led by Kieran Read, in a charity T20 match in Christchurch next year.
As per a report ESPN, the game will take place on January 25 at Hagley Oval with funds raised for the benevolence of the rugby and cricket player associations. The suggestion was reportedly proposed by former Black Caps skipper Stephen Fleming, who will act as player and coach of the cricket team.
The band of recently retired cricketers such as Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi will also feature in the match.
The idea of this event is based on South Africa's Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup where the Springboks, the South African Rugby team, face the Proteas, the national cricket team.
"I thought if we had the opportunity with a brand as big as the All Blacks, it would pique my interest. There is almost a bit of romanticism around this one, bringing a game to Christchurch in its rebuild,” Fleming quoted as saying by the Herald.
"We're putting our reputations on the line here. We know just how good the likes of Kieran and his rugby mates are at cricket. They're exceptional athletes and many of them could have been international cricketers had they chosen another path. So we're on high alert, that's for sure," he added.
The All Blacks side, referred for New Zealand’s Rugby team, will be coached by Sir Graham Henry. The team is expected to include Richie McCaw, Beauden, Jordie Barrett and Israel Dagg who were decent cricketers before opting to make their career in rugby.