Welsh rugby stadium to host Brit XI vs World XI ties

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 3:46 [IST]
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Cardiff: There will be no chance of rain stopping play when Cardiff's Millennium Stadium hosts its first cricket match in October.

It may be pouring down in the rest of the Welsh capital but with the stadium's retractable roof closed a series of matches between a British XI and a World XI should carry on regardless. Best known as the home of Welsh rugby, the Millennium Stadium, which has also hosted a number of major English football matches while Wembley is rebuilt, also boasts a powerful floodlight system. So bad light should not be a problem either. England skipper Nasser Hussain is set to captain the British XI. And the World line-up expected to feature India paceman Javagal Srinath, Sri Lanka spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, Pakistan duo Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar as well as former West Indies quick Courtney Walsh. As well as the unusual venue, the players will be taking part in a new format of the game - 'power cricket'. This is a shorter form of the One-day game with innings lasting just 15 overs. The sides will play two matches, on October 4 and 5 with the winners of each game taking a prize of 25,000 Pounds. An artificial pitch will be specially installed at the Millennium Stadium under the supervision of former England spinner Derek Underwood. Meanwhile Welsh interest is sure to be heightened by the presence of Glamorgan duo Matthew Maynard and Robert Croft. Both these stalwarts of the Welsh county have played Test cricket for England. Meanwhile Hussain, taking time out from the build-up to England's third Test against India at Headingley on Thursday told the BBC, "I am looking forward to captaining the Brits against the rest of the world side. "I believe international cricket at the Millennium Stadium will be a great success. "I'm convinced this new form of the game will prove to be dynamic and will attract great interest and support throughout the country and beyond."

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