Cricket for Heroes this September – Kia Oval

Cricket for Heroes this September – Kia Oval


Cricket for Heroes
On 17th September, the day before the Rugby World Cup 2015, the Kia Oval – supported by Old Mutual Wealth – is hosting the first international Help for Heroes Twenty20 cricket fundraising event. Allan Lamb will have selected the world’s best cricketers, and they’ll play at the Kia Oval to raise money for the ongoing support of our wounded and their families.

Provisional Teams – List of Teams and Players for Cricket Heroes Charity Match

Help for Heroes XI Rest of the World
1. Andrew Strauss 1. Brendon McCullum
2. Herschelle Gibbs 2. Matthew Hayden
3. Virender Sehwag 3. Graeme Smith
4. MS Dhoni 4. Mahela Jayawardene
5. Damien Martyn 5. Major Storm Green
6. Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker 6. Brian Lara
7. Corporal Jake Wray 7. Abdul Razzaq
8. Shahid Afridi 8. Scott Styris
9. Graeme Swann 9. Dan Vettori
10. Simon Jones 10. Tim Southee
11. Matt Hoggard 11. Shapoor Zadran
12. Darren Gough 12. TBC
Manager: Sir Ian Botham Manager: Sunil Gavaskar
Coach: TBC Coach: Gary Kirsten



On Thursday 17th September, newly appointed Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, will lead a Help for Heroes XI at the Kia Oval against a Rest of the World XI in the inaugural international Help for Heroes fundraiser, Cricket for Heroes.
Some of the world’s best cricketers, selected by Allan Lamb, will play in a competitive Twenty20 match, to raise money for the ongoing support of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and their families. The event which is supported by Old Mutual Wealth, the UK’s leading wealth manager, is set to be an exciting finale to the cricket season.
The Help for Heroes XI will be managed by Sir Ian Botham. The Rest of the World XI will be managed Sunil ‘Sunny’ Gavaskar and will be coached by one of South Africa’s greatest ever batsmen, Gary Kirsten. Confirmed players include Graeme Swann, Matthew Hayden, Graeme Smith, Brian Lara, Simon Jones, Scott Styris, Darren Gough, Damien Martyn, Ross Taylor and Herschelle Gibbs.
The headline match will be preceded by the Old Mutual Changemakers Challenge Cup stating at 15.00. This will be the very first match between the Help for Heroes Cricket Club and the England Physical Disability Cricket Team. Help for Heroes Cricket Club forms part of the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme and is made up of wounded injured and sick military personnel and veterans from the British Armed Forces. A packed-out Kia Oval is a great way to show backing for these inspiring men and women. The day aims to be a sell out and raise money for the ongoing support of our wounded and their families.

Tickets are on sale, costing £20 for adults and £1 for U16s. Ticketmaster have kindly agreed to waive all fees on e-tickets and print-at-home tickets.

15.00 Old Mutual Changemakers Challenge Cup
18.45 Help for Heroes XI v Rest of World XI

For further information on the event please visit

Andrew Strauss, Captain, Help for Heroes XI, said

“I feel a great sense of pride to be involved in this unique cricket event which is an end of season celebration. I can’t wait to lead out so many International stars for such a great cause.  Help for Heroes is a charity which I fully endorse, and the whole concept of

recovering through sport is inspirational as we saw in the Invictus Games.  The first match between England Physical Disability and the Help for Heroes CC represents why we are all here, and the whole day will I am sure be a memorable experience. I encourage all cricket fans and families to come and enjoy the entertainment and hopefully some great cricket.”

Allan Lamb, Chair of Selectors, said

“I am sure that the cricketing world will embrace this exciting game on the 17th September. As Chair of Selectors, I am intent on picking the very best teams to play each other for this great cause. We want to create a fantastic spirit on the day – and I am convinced we will do that.”

Sir Ian Botham, Manager, Help for Heroes XI, said

“I am delighted to be managing the Help for Heroes XI against the ROW XI on September 17th.  It is fantastic that cricket is stepping up for such a great cause and we saw in the Invictus Games how powerful sport can be in aiding recovery.  I look forward to my team putting on a strong performance on the day and hope as many supporters as possible will turn up for two great games of cricket.’