England diary: Tendulkar's 200th Test shirt up for auction at Yuvi's cancer drive
India batsman Yuvraj Singh will hold a charity auction in London on July 14 to raise money for cancer patients.
The auction will take place at London Hilton, Park Lane in the presence of Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Kevin Pietersen, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
The items up for grabs include exclusive cricket memorabilia such as Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘t-shirt’ from his 200th Test match, 2011 World cup winning medal along with a chance to win a dinner date and practice session with Yuvraj.
The proceeds from the auction will go to Yuvraj’s cancer charity ‘YOUWECAN’, which aims to create awareness around the early detection of the deadly disease and organises free screenings for the cancer patients.
Sharing his plans for the growth of his foundation, Yuvraj said, "I have always believed that no matter how hard a battle, if you have the will, you can win it. It was due to this will and the love and support of all my friends, family and fans that I survived cancer. With ‘YOUWECAN’, I want to reach out to all those people who are suffering from cancer and often feel the lack of support in their fight. I am sure with the proceeds of this auction, we will be able to support our agenda of early detection, awareness and removing the stigma around cancer."
The function will also have a special act by India’s most popular stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma.
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Buttler called up as cover for injured Prior
Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been called into the England squad as injury cover for Matt Prior ahead of the first test against India, starting in Nottingham on Wednesday.
Prior, who was recalled ahead of England's home series against Sri Lanka after being dropped towards the end of the 5-0 Ashes defeat to Australia, suffered mild tightness in his right thigh during training on Monday.
"Prior will continue to be assessed during the training session before a decision is made about his fitness," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.
Buttler has played 33 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20 matches for England.
Image: England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler
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