By Terry Finisterre, Sports Correspondent
The West Indies may not want him, but allrounder Daren Sammy is set to take charge of a high-powered all-star team this week in London for the Yorkshire Tea20 Charity Challenge.
The 32-year-old two-time World Twenty20-winning West Indies captain will lead the Cricket United XI agains the Surrey All Stars on Thursday at the KIA Oval, in a charity match that will feature several former and current players.
Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will play under Sammy. India’s Harbhajan Singh will play under Adam Hollioake, making his playing return to the Kia Oval for the first time in ten years, for Surrey XI.
Sammy’s team, which is managed by Michael Vaughan, also includes England spinner Monty Paneser and Pakistani allrounder Yasir Arafat. The Surrey XI is managed by Alec Stewart.
Hollioake’s team, meanwhile, includes Kevin Pietersen, playing his only game of the English summer, alongside Jason Roy, Sam Curran and Jade Dernbach.
Last year, the stadium organised a similar game at the end of the season to help raise over £300,000 for Help for Heroes charity.
Thursday’s game is being played to raise funds for Cricket United, a three way link up between Chance to Shine, the Lord’s Taverners and the PCA Benevolent Fund – and sponsored by Yorkshire Tea.
As well as aiming to raise money for good causes, the game will once again act as an end of season party for the Kia Oval, which is expecting to welcome nearly 300,000 cricket fans throughout 2016 to a combination of sold out NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Final Test against Pakistan and last month’s sold out Royal London One Day International between England and Sri Lanka.