Defence goes to war with a cricket bat

Greg Chappell.

CRICKET legend and Australian Service Cricket Association ambassador Greg Chappell will welcome teams to the International Defence Cricket Challenge at Manuka Oval in Canberra on November 24.

Teams from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the New Zealand Army, the Royal Malaysian Air Force, the ANZAC Barbarians – a composite team with players from the Australian Army and NZ Army – and, for the first time, the Pakistan Armed Forces will take part in the third running of the IDCC, co-ordinated by the ASCA, at various grounds in Canberra with about 210 participants playing in up to eight games of cricket in Twenty20 and One Day Limited Overs formats from  November 14-28. An IDCC 2012 Grand Final will be played at Manuka Oval in Canberra on November 23.

“Uniting so many different cricketing styles and cultures in a single Defence event promises to be a tantalising spectacle and one which we are again looking forward to,” said Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, ASCA president.


The tournament will be capped off at Manuka Oval on November 24 with a match between an Australian Cricketers Association Masters team, which will include former test players Craig McDermott, Darren Lehmann, Peter Sleep, Greg Ritchie and Greg Matthews, and a World Defence XI team, made up of the best players from the eight international defence teams.

Admission to all tournament games is free with calls for a gold coin donation to the IDCC Grand Final and the ACA Masters v World Defence XI game. All money raised will be donated to the McGrath Foundation, the official charity of IDCC 2012.



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