Cricket legends Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan expressed their delight at the opportunity to play alongside golfing superstars in the second installment of Ryder Cup-style event ‘The Icons Cup’ next year.
The new star-studded ‘Icons of Cricket 2016’ tournament will take place at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club from October 19-21, 2016 and feature many of the greatest cricketers to have ever graced the game.
– WARNE: Australia Test spots up for grabs
Leg-spin legend Warne and England’s most successful ever Test captain Vaughan were unveiled as vice-captains of the Australia and Rest of the World teams at the Sofitel Hotel promotional launch in Downtown Dubai on Tuesday.
Two – as yet unconfirmed professional golfers – will lead both legendary line-ups alongside other cricket stars such as Ricky Ponting and Allan Border for the Baggy Green while Brian Lara and Wasim Akram will take to the course for the ROTW.
The event, organised by Iconique, builds on the inaugural event’s roster of famous talent which featured Darren Clarke, Fred Couples, Oscar De La Hoya and Luis Figo.
Australia great Warne, who played in the Icons Cup earlier this year in the UAE and won two matches against boxer De La Hoya, said: “As a cricketer to come and play golf in a Ryder Cup-style event with some unbelievable captains and legends of the game, it’s going to be sensational. I’m really, really happy to be part of it.”
Vaughan, who captained England to 2005 Ashes glory, said: “We love playing sport. When you retire you kind of go searching for that buzz and that moment you know you can’t go on any longer on a cricket field, we all take up the game of golf. We all think we are Rory McIlroy or Jason Day. We all think we can hit it miles, we all think we can hold a putt under pressure. Well in a year’s time we’re find out.”
Visit www.iconique.com for more information on the event.
Know more about Sport360 Application
Cricket legends Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan were unveiled as vice-captains of the Australia and Rest of the World teams to take part in next year's Icons of Cricket 2016 golf tournament and the former leg-spinner and opening batsman revealed the star-studded line-ups involved.
– WARNE: Australia Test spots up for grabs
– VAUGHAN: England too reliant on Cook and Root
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis Tuesday said he believes the Dubai match was a good advertisement for Test cricket, stressing there were no fears for the longer format of the game.
Pakistan pulled off an exciting win over England by 178 runs in the last hour of the second Test on Monday, with just 6.3 overs left.
– PAKvENG: Rashid narrowly fails to earn England draw
England’s ninth wicket pair of Adil Rashid (61) and Mark Wood (29) batted for 29.2 overs to put up a resolute 55-run stand and had almost denied Pakistan a victory.
In contrast, Pakistan narrowly escaped a defeat in the first Test in Abu Dhabi when bad light denied England a dramatic win on the final day, with just 25 needed in the last eight overs.
Younis believed the Dubai Test going down to the wire proves the longer format of the game is in good health.
“Yes, the last day of the Test match was a good advert for the game, maybe not for us. I think a Test match going to full distance is an outstanding thing for the game.
“I don’t think Test cricket’s future is bleak in any way,” said Younis, himself a paceman of great standing.
“Test cricket is the actual cricket and the way Test cricket is going on I think we should appreciate it and there are no dangers to it.”
The Pakistan coach did concede however his charges need to play more Tests as they have barely played more than 10 matches in a year since 2011. Pakistan have played just 30 Tests in the last four years while England have featured in 49 matches in the same period.
“That’s an issue that we play less Test cricket. It has been discussed with the officials as well.
“If you look world-wide all top teams play 15-18 Tests every year and we play six to eight, maximum we play ten, so I think that needs to be improved.”
Waqar credited both Pakistan and England for the tremendous fight in the Dubai Test.
“Credit to the boys the way they played the Test, bowlers gave their best and credit must also be given to England, the way they showed resistance and made the overall cricket very good,” he added.