Added incentive for England fans
Darren Gough talks about coming up against his old England skipper, Nasser Hussain, before flying to Barbados to get into training ahead of next year's star-studded Twenty20 clash
Tickets are now on sale for every England home international fixture next summer.
Anyone who buys before Christmas Day will be entered into a draw and could win the chance to join Darren Gough and Nasser Hussain and play in a Twenty20 match alongside an array of cricketing legends from England and Pakistan.
As part of its new Live it Live campaign, the England and Wales Cricket Board is giving 10 lucky fans the chance to take to the field with some of their heroes on July 20 at Wormsley cricket ground. For more details on how to buy tickets just visit www.ecb.co.uk/liveitlive.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of playing in a big match in front of a large crowd.
How would you fare against the famous Gough inswinging yorker? Where would you bowl to Nasser Hussain? This is your chance to pit your skills against the best and rub shoulders with some of the game’s great players.
For those who think cricket is as much about the occasion, there are also 40 pairs of exclusive VIP tickets to be won, giving you the chance to indulge yourself in a five-star cricketing experience and rub shoulders with some of the game’s greatest names.
Anyone who prefers to savour the atmosphere and banter of the crowd whilst spending the day socialising with friends and family can win one of 100 ground passes to attend this star-studded event, which also includes the PCA Masters v Rest of the World Masters XI match.
Will Collinson, ECB head of marketing, said: “The atmosphere next summer promises to be electric and the support passionate as Andrew Strauss’ England team look forward to arrival of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Australia.
“If you buy your tickets before Christmas Day you’ll be entered into a draw and could win the chance to play alongside some cricketing legends from England and Pakistan.
“The ECB’s new Live it Live is designed to celebrate those things that go towards making a day at the cricket what it is.
“For some it’s a chance to support your country or perhaps catch up with old friends for others it’s the opportunity to sing your heart out or maybe dress up as a superhero for the day.
“For everyone it’s an atmosphere to be savoured and an occasion to be enjoyed.”
England’s international season starts with the arrival of Bangladesh who will play two npower Tests and a three-match NatWest Series.
The ever improving Tigers will be hoping Shakib Al Hasan can reproduce the form that saw the crowned the 2009 Wisden Test Cricketer of the Year.
Next summer also sees the return of Ricky Ponting’s Australian team to English soil. Will Andrew Strauss’ new-look one-day team be able to take revenge for last season’s NatWest Series defeat to the old enemy from down under?
For the grand finale England welcome the current ICC World Twenty20 Champions Pakistan. The atmosphere in the ground promises to be electric and the support fervent.
With players of the calibre of Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Mohammed Youssef and Younis Khan it’s going to be a summer festival of big hits and plenty of wickets.
This will be your last chance to see the England Team before it heads down under in search of a first Ashes victory on Australian soil since the 1986-87 tour.
Anyone who’s already bought a ticket for an England home international match next summer has automatically been entered into this competition.
Nasser Hussain might be a little nervous about coming out of retirement to play in this Twenty20 match but he's excited about the arrival of Pakistan and Bangladesh next summer