Sachin Tendulkar remembers old game days after visiting the Sydney Cricket Ground


A star-studded charity game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday to aid Australian bushfire relief has been called off because torrential rain is expected.

There remains the prospect of rain in Melbourne on Sunday, but not almost as much as that forecast for Sydney.

The Sydney Sixers will meet either the Melbourne Stars or Sydney Thunder in the BBL final depending on the weather.

"I think second place would be more anxious than us".

"If you're the Melbourne Stars you get to keep playing games but we get to freshen up, get ready and make sure our fitness is in top order. Expectantly, we will get generate as a lot price range as conceivable world wide and get everybody again on their ft".

"I suppose in these situations you can over-complicate things but we're really happy with the squad".

There has been plenty of criticism of the Big Bash for not having a back-up day scheduled in the event of weather disrupting the final. "I almost had an Aussie accessory after I went again to India".

"It's unhappy instances for humanity however we're right here to fortify every different. If he's bowling 150kph, I think I'll be at the non-striker's end", he added.

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Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf has taken 20 wickets at 11.55 in just nine matches for the Stars, including a hat-trick against the Thunder, while Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has claimed 18 wickets at 16.66.

"That's been one of the strengths of the Sixers in the last few games". Ross' ability to combine improvisation and power has made him a valuable commodity in Australian domestic cricket for some years, and in the company of Nair, among the league's most unconventional hitters, he was still capable of wresting the match from the hosts' strong grasp.

However, for Smith, there is plenty of concern around the team if the match is shortened to a five or ten-over fixture, with the star batsman admitting how hard those reduced matches can be.

"It is a bit of a lottery but that's what it comes down to sometimes".

"It doesn't bother me, whoever wins tonight we'll take on", he said.

The BBL season is now copping criticism for being too long and not long enough, with players calling for the introduction of a reserve day amid fears that Saturday's final will be a washed-out fizzer. Those who purchased tickets will be contacted by Ticketek regarding refunds.

Not since 2014 had the Stars last chosen to bat first in a BBL final when given the option, and only Maxwell, Stoinis and Dan Worrall were still playing for them back then.