The Help for Heroes XI will be captained by Andrew Strauss © Getty Images
MS Dhoni (above) will be playing for Help for Heroes XI under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss © Getty Images (Representational Pic)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has confirmed his participation in the Twenty20 (T20) match at The Oval on September 17 as part of a charity event called Cricket for Heroes – the first international fundraiser for Help for Heroes, the charity organisation based in the United Kingdom. The Indian One-Day International (ODI) skipper will play under the captaincy of former English cricketer Andrew Strauss for the Help for Heroes XI, which also includes the likes of Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi and Graeme Swann. They will take on a Rest of the World XI led by Brendon McCullum, who will captain Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden, Graeme Smith and Mahela Jayawardene among others. MS Dhoni: Sachin Tendulkar was like God to all of us

According to a report from Wisden India, Dhoni said, “I am delighted to be joining so many cricketing superstars at the Kia Oval on Thursday September 17 and supporting such a worthy cause. I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket in England and I would urge all sports fans to support Help for Heroes on September 17 and watch some truly world class performers in action.” VIDEO: Sanath Jayasuriya playing cricket in Norway

While The Help for Heroes XI will be managed by the former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham, the Rest of the World side will be managed the team of Gary Kirsten and Sunil Gavaskar. The match will be prior to a T20 match between the Help for Heroes Cricket Club and the England Physical Disability Team. READ: MS Dhoni felicitated in New Jersey

Squads:

Help for Heroes: Andrew Strauss (c), Herschelle Gibbs, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Damien Martyn, Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker, Corporal Jake Wray, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Swann, Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Gough.
Manager: Ian Botham. Coach: To be Confirmed.

Rest of the World: Brendon McCullum (c), Matthew Hayden, Graeme Smith, Mahela Jayawardene, Major Storm Green, Brian Lara, Abdul Razzaq, Scott Styris, Dan Vettori, Tim Southee, Shapoor Zadran, (12th Member to be Confirmed).
Manager: Sunil Gavaskar. Coach: Gary Kirsten.