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June 15, 2005
The World Cricket Classic, a Twenty20 cricket competition set to feature former leading international players, has been launched in London.
The Get Fit Foundation, an organisation which describes itself as the UK's new national governing body for physical activity, announced plans for an over-35s tournament in Bermuda in April 2006. Among those set to appear include Martin Crowe, Aravinda de Silva, Joel Garner, Mike Gatting and Clive Rice.
The organisers said that the event, which would be played on a floodlit all-weather pitch, would feature sides from the Australia, Bermuda, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies, and explained that only players who had played international cricket, were over 35, and had not been banned by the ICC would be eligible.
A number of former England and Wales Cricket Board employees are now involved in the Get Fit Foundation.
Confirmed: Mike Gatting, Martin Crowe, Joel Garner, Chris Cairns, Dipak Patel, Gus Logie, Maninder Singh, Javagal Srinath, Clive Rice, Richard Snell, Gary Kirsten, Aravinda de Silva, Hashan Tillakaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga, Arun Lal, Danny Morrison, Trevor Franklin, Robin Smith, Madan Lal, Narendra Hirwani, Pat Symcox, Chris Harris, John Wright, Mark Greatbatch, Dion Nash, John Shepherd.
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