Shoaib Akhtar (left) and Virender Sehwag have witnessed some interesting battles between each other till date    Getty Images (File Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar (left) and Virender Sehwag have witnessed some interesting battles between each other till date Getty Images (File Photo)

There have been numerous instances when Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar have faced in each other in the field of cricket. In February 2018, both the legends are set for another showdown, when they once again face each other. However, this time it would be on ice instead of the usual cricketing field. The match would be taking place at the frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland, which also has a beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. Although this type of the sport has been played in nation since 1988, it would be the first time two of the legendary figures in the sport would be playing it out. Virender Sehwag: More nations to play cricket for being part of Olympics

The matches would be played in the T20 format on February 8 and 9. Apart from Sehwag and Akhtar, it would also include stars like Mohammad Kaif, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan Mcullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar and Owais Shah. Tournament organiser Vijay Singh of VJ Sports has claimed that the tournament has been approved by the ICC. It is also being reported that it just took a couple of minutes to convince Sehwag, who said yes for his participation in the tournament. Ashish Nehra retirement: Shoaib Akhtar calls Indian pacer nicest guy in his farewell message

On ice cricket in Switzerland

“I never thought playing cricket on ice was possible but now that it is happening, I wanted to experience it. It won’t be serious cricket but it would still be a challenge to play on ice. Five minutes to be honest. Cricket is not popular in Europe but with this initiative, we can make an impact. And playing on ice does sound very interesting. I was still playing First-Class cricket in 2015 so it was not very difficult to play those matches. Now since I have stopped playing the game completely, it will be a challenge to get into the groove. But there will be no pressure to win or lose. Also, now that I am retired I don’t need to take anyone’s permission including the BCCI,” said Sehwag, as reported by PTI.