Kevin Pietersen to join Surrey All Stars for Cricket United T20 fundraiser
Kevin Pietersen will play his only match of the English summer at the Kia Oval on Thursday 22 September – when he lines up in the Yorkshire Tea20 Charity Challenge to raise money for Cricket United.
KP will join England opener Jason Roy in the match, which follows in the footsteps of last year’s Cricket for Heroes match that raised over £300,000 for Help for Heroes.
This year's game will raise funds for Cricket United - a coalition of three fantastic cricketing charities the Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund. Surrey CCC has also chosen several other beneficiary charities, including the KP24 Foundation, that will receive a percentage of funds raised on the day.
England legends Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan have already signed up as coaches for the two teams, a Surrey All Stars XI and a Cricket United XI. As well as KP and Jason Roy, further big names will be revealed in coming weeks and months.
The game is being sponsored by Yorkshire Tea. Tickets are just £20 for adults and £1 for U16s – and are available to buy now from kiaoval.com.
As well as aiming to raise money for good causes, the game will once again act as a huge end of season party for the Kia Oval, which is expecting to welcome nearly 300,000 cricket fans throughout 2016 to a combination of sold out NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Final Test against Pakistan and another sold out Royal London One Day International between England and Sri Lanka.
Cricket United is a simple idea. Three charities, one aim: to change lives through cricket. Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund are already joining forces on Saturday 13 August, Cricket United Day, to raise funds and awareness during the final Investec Test held at the Kia Oval and the campaign will now extend to the Charity Cricket Challenge on 22 September.
Funds raised for the joint appeal are then split evenly between the charities and used to change the lives of a range of cricket beneficiaries; from children starting out in the game to professional players retiring from it.
The KP24 Foundation help children around the globe to have better chances in life through uniquely designed sport and educational projects. The main objective being to arm young people from less fortunate communities with skills that can empower them and create a lasting legacy globally. It also works very closely with OcuMel UK to support those affected by the very rare form of eye cancer, Ocular Melanoma.
Kevin Pietersen said: “Cricket United is a fantastic cause and the Kia Oval is one of my favourite grounds in the world, so I couldn’t be happier to be playing there on 22 September. I’m sure there will be a big crowd and I look forward to finding out who else will be playing!”
Yorkshire Tea Brand Manager, Tom Blair concluded: “Yorkshire Tea has supported grassroots cricket for many years, particularly Chance to Shine and Cricket United, so we’re really excited to be able to continue this support during the Yorkshire Tea20.
“The atmosphere in the ground will be fantastic and we’ll be on hand with some proper brews to keep the crowds refreshed.”