The Professional Cricketers' Association Attempt World's Highest Altitude Cricket Match - 29/10/2007

This 5th November, on the slopes of Mount Everest, the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) will attempt to stage the world's highest ever cricket match. Taking part, in temperatures as low as minus 13 degrees Celsius, will be a number of professional cricketers and business partners of the PCA who are raising vital funds for the charity's benevolent fund.

Players will form three teams in a five over, six-a-side game. They include:

• Nick Compton, Middlesex CCC
• Graham Napier, Essex CCC
• Mark Wagh, Nottinghamshire CCC
• Ryan Cummins, Leicestershire
• Steven Patterson, Yorkshire CCC
• Richard Bevan, PCA group chief executive

The teams will play the match on the Gorak Shep Glacier which is 5,288 metres above sea level. The 17 ‘tourists' will be joined in the match by a Sherpa guide to make up numbers.

The teams will have to overcome many challenges posed by playing at such high altitude and on a glacier. Among the kit being hauled up Everest is a box of 40 spare balls.

Richard Bevan, PCA group chief executive, said: "It will be an amazing feat to just reach Everest Base Camp, let alone to play a cricket match there. Of course, we will have to overcome some practical problems such as losing lots of balls. For their own safety, we'll also have to ensure that the bowlers don't take too long a run up.

"The trek and match will raise much needed money for the PCA Benevolent Fund through which we support current and former players in times of hardship or illness."

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