New Dehli: Shoaib Akhter and Virender Sehwag will face each other once again, but this time on an ice field in Switzerland.
On coming February, the longstanding rivalry between two legends will be renewed as the duo have agreed to play St. Moritz Ice Cricket with the spectacular Swiss Alps in the backdrop.
The two T-20 matches will be played on February 8 and 9, besides Sehwag and Akhtar, the event will feature other cricket stars like Mohammad Kaif, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kalis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar, and Owais Shah.
Sehwag, who was present at the launch alongside Kaif, said he took just two minutes to say yes to the offer.
“I never thought playing cricket on the ice was possible but now that it is happening, I wanted to experience it. It won’t be serious cricket but it would still be a challenge to play on the ice,” said Sehwag.
The top stars will be paid in the range of USD 40,000-50,000 for two games while the others will get something between USD 20,000-30,000.
Players will use the traditional cricketing gear including the red-ball but will wear sports shoes instead of spikes.
The weather is expected to be nice and sunny during the day but the temperatures can dip to as low as -20 degree Celsius. The matches will be played on matting pitch