England players draw for Cricket United
This Saturday (29 July), the third day of England’s Test against South Africa, the Kia Oval will turn blue for Cricket United Day, an annual fundraising and awareness event where the Lord’s Taverners, Chane to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund come together to change lives through cricket.
All proceeds raised by Cricket United are split equally between the three charities, and this year, as in previous years, they have asked a selection of England’s Test players to draw ‘doodles’ of some cricketing greats. This year, with the Kia Oval celebrating its 100th Test, there is a twist, with each of those involved having some sort of special relationship with the Kia Oval.
England’s new Test captain Joe Root doodled Graham Gooch, although by his own estimation he should stick to batting rather than drawing. “For Cricket United I’ve drawn England legend Graham Gooch,” says Root. “There’s not much likeness there but I tried to get that impressive tash across! It would be great if you guys could bid on it to raise funds for a wonderful cause.”
Opener Keaton Jennings is another firmly behind the cause. “For Cricket United I’ve decided to draw the Durham Chairman Sir Ian Botham,” Jennings says. “Hopefully it is going to raise a lot of money and go towards a good cause.”
Legendary fast bowler James Anderson, meanwhile, took the opportunity to have a bit of fun at the expense of his friend and ex-England teammate Graeme Swann. “Being the 100th Test at the Oval, I thought I’d draw some legends of the game,” says Anderson. “Two legendary spinners who have done fantastically well at the Oval so I’ve drawn Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan… I had a little bit of space left so I just put Swanny on there as well.”
In the past four years the auctions for doodles have raised over £40,000 for the three causes. The auctions close during the evening of Sunday 30th July.
You can bid for your favourite here – bit.ly/CUdoodles.
Here is the list of doodles:
Graham Gooch by Joe Root
Sir Viv Richards by Moeen Ali
Shane Warne, Graeme Swann, and Muttiah Muralitharan by James Anderson
Steve Harmison by Ben Stokes
Sir Ian Botham by Keaton Jennings
Darren Gough by Toby Roland-Jones
Shaun Pollock by Jonny Bairstow
Mark Ramprakash by Liam Dawson
Fred Trueman by Stuart Broad
W.G. Grace by Gary Ballance