England players quick on the draw for Cricket United
England cricketers, including Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and Joe Root, have taken to the drawing board to pen portraits of their own team mates and several high-profile members of the cricketing media to show their support for the Cricket United appeal.
Cricket United is a joint fundraising appeal by the Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund which aims to improve lives through cricket. On Cricket United Day, 16th August, the second day of the fifth Investec Test between England and India, cricket fans are being asked to help turn the Kia Oval blue.
The England players’ drawings are being auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for Cricket United. Fans can view and bid for them by visiting http://bit.ly/cricketportraits. The auction is open until 9pm on Tuesday 19 August.
England opener Sam Robson took the opportunity to poke fun at team mate Gary Ballance with a portrait showing Ballance celebrating another century, this time minus his playing shirt.
Michael Vaughan, was firmly in the sights of Stuart Broad and Joe Root, with the England players both drawing the former England captain and BBC Test Match Special/Channel Five commentator.
Root turned his drawing talent to a portrait of Sky commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd. Steven Finn also could not resist the temptation to sketch the former England coach, whilst making mention of his love for Accrington Stanley Football Club.
Joe also sketched the entire England Test squad which the team then signed for Cricket United.
England’s wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler, evidently had The Simpsons on his mind as he penned Nasser Hussain in the style of Montgomerie Burns.
Even England legend Bob Willis didn’t escape as Ben Stokes took the opportunity to depict the Sky Sports man.
The commentators had the chance to get their own back with David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain drawing Steven Finn, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn and Ian Ward respectively.
The England women are taking up the pen for the campaign and their drawings will be auctioned off after Cricket United Day.
Fans can show their support for the day by wearing something blue at the ground or by buying a Cricket United t-shirt and raffle ticket during the day. They can also make a donation by visiting www.cricketunited.co.uk. There is also the opportunity to bid on an England portrait and help spread the word by using #cricketunited.
Funds raised from the day will help the Lord’s Taverners give hundreds of disabled pupils across the UK the chance to represent their schools at competitive cricket. It will empower Chance to Shine to give one thousand schoolchildren the opportunity to play and learn through cricket and will enable the PCA Benevolent Fund to continue to run a confidential helpline, providing advice and treatment to players suffering from mental health issues.
Other highlights of Cricket United Day include:
- Children who have benefited from the charities will form a guard of honour for the players at the start of the day
- The England team are wearing special Test shirts with the Cricket United logo on the collar to show their support to Cricket United Day
- Investec are turning their 4 & 6 cards blue for the day
- Waitrose are donating £100 for every boundary scored during the day
- Lycamobile are donating £1 to Cricket United for every SIM card sold today and throughout the summer
- A Cricket United flag is flying on top of the Pavilion
- Cricket United ambassadors Mark Butcher and Dominic Cork will be around the ground supporting the day
- Sky Sports, BBC and Channel 5 presenters are wearing T.M.Lewin’s special Cricket United blue, silk ties - available to buy at tmlewin.co.uk, with £10 donated to the charities
- Several Test match sponsors are changing their advertising boards blue in support of the day: Investec, Waitrose, Pedigree, Yorkshire Tea, Hardys, Stowford Press, Jaguar, Ethiad, KIA, bet365.com, LycaMobile, Pru Health with Vitality, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Wellman, Anglia Ruskin and OCS
To find out more about Cricket United and to donate visit www.cricketunited.co.uk.