Shivnarine Chanderpaul is to appear for the All Stars at this year’s Hong Kong Sixes on November 8.
“I’m delighted to be taking part in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes and I’m looking forward to what promises to be another fantastic weekend,” said Chanderpaul. “The event has built up a deserved reputation as the best sixes tournament in the world, one that is great fun for spectators and players alike, so it will be a pleasure to be involved.
“The competition promises to be tough, but the All-Stars will be doing their very best to put on a great show and, hopefully, carry off the trophy.”
The Hong Kong Sixes has been an annual fixture since 1992, attracting a wide number of the world’s best. Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve and Mark Waugh, Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Adam Gilchrist and Wasim Akram have all taken part, with the proceeds of the tournament going directly into funding development of cricket in Hong Kong.
“It’s great news for the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes that a player of Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s stature is taking part,” Mark Burns, the tournament director, said. “He’s a world class cricketer at the very top of his game and I’m sure Hong Kong fans are going to enjoy seeing him in action.
The organisers have opted against including Damien Martyn and Inzamam-ul-Haq for this year’s team, however, due to their involvement in the unofficial Indian Cricket League. The ICL, unlike the Indian Premier League and indeed the Hong Kong Sixes, is not officially recognised by the ICC.
“Both players are contracted to the unofficial Indian Cricket League.” Burns said, “and we have decided out of respect for the Indian authorities not to involve them in the Sixes.”
The All Stars, who were led by Shane Warne last year, were beaten by Sri Lanka in last year’s final.