WEST INDIES cricket great Malcolm Marshall will be commemorated in a memorial match during the August Bank Holiday period, as part of a series of cultural events in Birmingham.
Set to take place on Sunday, August 25, the match will pit a Sir Vivian Richards XI against a Professional Cricketers XI at Birmingham’s Handsworth Cricket Ground, in memory of one of the legends of cricket.
Marshall was one of the world’s most feared fast-bowlers during the 80s taking more than 370 wickets at an average of Test bowling average of 20.94.
English cricket lovers will know him best from his devastating at Old Trafford, where he picked up seven wickets for just 22 runs against England in 1988.
Upon the Bajan’s untimely death in November 1999 of colon cancer, Hampshire County Cricket Club renamed the entrance road to the Rose Bowl, Marshall Drive – where he played for county for 14 years.
The game attracts a host of professional cricketers including the former Warwickshire County Cricket Club player Tim Munton, England International Alex Tudor and legendary West Indies opening batsman Ron Headley. In addition, the event will also feature music, a fashion show, live stage performances from local performers, and a wealth of Caribbean and Asian food dishes, reflecting the cultural diversity of Britain’s second city.
Organised by Birmingham Annual Sports and Cultural Day, the day of activities is aimed at promoting community cohesion, as well as showcasing the importance cricket at grassroots levels, encouraging more young people to take part.
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