ST. MORITZ: In the annals of cricket, February 8 will be known for the game taking a big step into the frozen cold of the Alps. A Twenty20 match was played in the ski resort of St Moritz on Thursday, when the fire of subcontinent cricket was settled on Swiss ice.
Shahid Afridi-led Royals face off against Virender Sehwag-led Diamonds in the unique two-day event where two matches are set to be played on ice.
Afridi-led Royals won the match by six wickets and chased the target in 15.2 overs.
Abdul Razzaq picked up 4/18 while Shoaib Akhtar took 2/32 for the Royals.
The match, played on a frozen lake with temperature around minus five Degrees Celsius, featured former stars. Australia’s Mike Hussey, Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar and Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene were all there.
Organisers VJ Sports have claimed that the event has the approval of International Cricket Council (ICC). Cricket on ice has been played in St. Moritz by amateurs since 1988 but it is the first time that greats of the game have graced the Alpine resort.
The second match will be played on Friday.
Cricket stars could not wait to share their adventures in the snow.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) February 7, 2018
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) February 7, 2018
From Shalwar Kameez to Thermals & Skiis! Wasim and I Sending everyone in our warmer climates, massive love from Us! 🇨🇭🇵🇰 🇦🇺 #Switzerland #CricketOnIce #StMoritz #WinterWonderland pic.twitter.com/4KhaKZDUiV
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) February 7, 2018
Shahid Afridi’s Royals XI: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Nathan McCullum (New Zealand), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Owais Shah (England), Matt Prior (England), Aidan Andrews (Switzerland)
Virender Sehwag’s Diamonds XI: Virender Sehwag (India), Zaheer Khan (India), Mohammad Kaif (India), Ajit Agarkar (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Michael Hussey (Australia), Andrew Symonds (Australia), Mithun Manhas (India), Ramesh Powar (India), Rohan Jain (Switzerland).