The match starts at noon and will be immediately followed by a football match between the 2006 Soca Warriors and a Wipa All Star team.
National cricket captain Daren Ganga says the T&T boys are ready for the challenge. The T&T team is currently preparing for the upcoming Champions League in India and Ganga stands by his team’s ability to beat the best, “We have a very good team and we need the practice against high-quality opposition. However, we have built up a very good team ethos and I believe that, together with our determination and skills, this will see us through both the WIPA event and the Champions League.”
The Trinidad captain urged fans to come out to the event. “It is an extremely worthy cause,” he said, “and deserving of our support. Also, the organisers have gone to great pains to produce a football segment that would be every bit as exciting as the cricket. I know that Chris is planning to play in the football match and we are sure he will do better at that game than in the match against us.”
Meanwhile Gayle is looking for a good show and is using the game to also prepare for the Champions League. “I need a real workout before the Champions League starts and I expect to get one in Trinidad at the ‘Balls of Fire’ event.” “Trinidad and Tobago needs the practice as a final warm-up before they go to India to compete against some of the best T20 teams in the world.
However, I also need time in the middle even more. I want to open the batting and be there until the last ball is bowled,” the former West Indies Captain and Bangalore Royal Challengers star batsman said. He added, “I have already told my friend Daren (Ganga) that the Wipa team will be a much tougher opposition than anything they will face in India.”