It's not every day that cricket fans get to witness the greats back in action. But the stakes have risen and the rivalry is renewed once again as former Indian swashbuckler Virender Sehwag is all set to take on the 'Rawalpindi Express', Shoaib Akhtar and former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi in an entirely different platform - Ice Cricket. Legends of the sport are all set to feature in the inaugural St.Moritz Ice cricket in Switzerland from February 8-9.
The St.Moritz Ice Cricket will have a star-studded line-up with players such as Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Shoaib Akhtar, former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar and Owais Shah in its roster.
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is excited to play ice cricket for the first time and hopes that the event turns out to be a huge success.
"I don't know what to expect but I am really excited to play in a beautiful part of the world. I hope the event is a huge success," said Smith.
"There are lot of brilliant cricketers involved. I have played against all these guys in international cricket. It will be nice to spend some quality time with them and put up a good show with the cricket," added Smith.
The organisers VJ Sports have claimed that the event has been approved by the International cricket council (ICC).
The weather is expected to be sunny during the daytime but the temperature can dip as low as - 20-degree Celsius. The players will be sporting their traditional cricketing gear including the red-ball, but the only change would be that they would wear normal sports shoes instead of spikes as the matches will be played on a matting pitch.