Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath will spearhead a star-studded team against a Derbyshire XI - featuring West Indian legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul - in Chesterfield this summer.
McGrath’s Australian team-mates Damien Martyn, Ian Harvey and Jason Gillespie will also star alongside former England fast bowler Darren Gough in the inaugural Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 match.
The event has been organised in support of three charities - the McGrath Foundation, Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
Players and supporters are being urged to don the colour pink to increase breast awareness in young women to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation’s ongoing work in Australia.
McGrath said he was excited to be part of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 match, which takes place during the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
He said: “Cricket has become an important part of the McGrath Foundation fabric, with events like these truly helping to make a difference.
“We’re so proud to already be gearing up for our Sixth Pink Test in Sydney. It’s incredible to see that the magic of the Pink Test is spreading around the world, as far as South Africa and now Derbyshire, England.
“We’re thrilled to have 84 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working across Australia who together have supported over 20,000 Australian families experiencing breast cancer.
“We believe we need 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses nationally to achieve our vision. It is friends, families and communities coming together at events such as Chesterfield Turns Pink that will help make our vision a reality.”
Simon Storey, Chief Executive, Derbyshire County Cricket Club said: “As well as raising much needed funds and awareness in relation to something that touches the hearts of so many, we’re also delighted to be putting Chesterfield on the map as the host town for this ground breaking event.
“Our thanks go to everyone making this event possible and in particular to Glenn McGrath for pioneering the involvement of his charity in Chesterfield Turns Pink’s inaugural year.”
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, added: “It is brilliant that a great fund-raising event like this is coming to Chesterfield as part of the cricket festival.
“As the game will also have celebrities who are not normally associated with cricket, we hope it will help widen the appeal of the festival to even more people and hopefully inspire some of today’s young people to take up the sport.”
Lisa Brown, Area Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care said: “We are delighted to be part of Chesterfield Turns Pink. In the UK someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes, so the demand for our free services is huge. The fundraising from events like this are hugely appreciated and ensures that we can continue our life-changing work.”
Turning Chesterfield Pink is in association with the McGrath Foundation, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Chesterfield Borough Council, Breast Cancer Care and the newly-launched Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation.
Hours of play: 6pm to 8.45pm. Tickets are priced £20 for adults, £5 for juniors and children under 5 are free. Car Parking is priced at £4 in advance; £5 on the day.