If you missed Cricket United Day last Saturday you can still play your part in the UK’s biggest cricket awareness and fundraising campaign by bidding on one of the unique, match-worn England shirts.
All eleven England players changed from their usual attire to specially designed Cricket United Test Match shirts on the third day of the Investec Test between England and Pakistan at the Kia Oval. All shirts included the campaign logo on the collar while Waitrose changed their branding to light blue to mark the momentous occasion.
These shirts are up for auction on the Cricket United eBay account including captain and England’s highest ever run-scorer Alastair Cook’s and Player of the Series Chris Woakes.
Fancy a bid? Click HERE to find all 13 shirts, including the unworn shirts from Adil Rashid and Jake Ball. All signed shirts come with certificates of authenticity.
If you are unaware of Cricket United, it is a simple idea. Three charities, one aim: to change lives through cricket. Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund joined forces on Saturday 13th August, Cricket United Day, to raise funds and awareness during the final Investec Test at the Kia Oval. Funds raised from the signed shirts and all fundraising from the joint appeal are 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.
As part of fundraising activities the England squad and a number of high profile celebrities picked up their blue pens and sketched doodles and we can announce the well renowned Cricket United drawings sold for over £7,700. A major contributor was James Anderson’s caricature of Nasser Hussain which fetched over £1,000 alone as the drawings once again proved a resounding success.
One lucky bidder also paid over £1,000 and that was to secure the drawings of Darren Gough by Stuart Broad and Jonny Bairstow by Mark Wood.
The celebrity doodles also made a huge difference to the Cricket United coffers with Stephen Fry’s sketch of Moeen Ali selling for £760 while England rugby union captain Dylan Hartley’s effort of his friend and England cricket captain Cook made almost £500.
If you were one of the unlucky bidders then do not fret as some more doodles may be coming available around the Yorkshire Tea20 Charity Challenge which takes place at the Kia Oval on September 22nd .
The likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy, Darren Sammy and Monty Panesar are already confirmed for cricket’s end of season party and you can purchase your tickets here for £20 adults and kids for a quid!