Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Curtly Ambrose and Andrew Richardson are among several current and former West Indies players who are in the country for this weekend's Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC)/Cricket Clubs Activities Committee (CCAC) Twenty20 Cricket Festival.
The two-day festival begins today with the first leg at Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, with tomorrow's second leg set for Melbourne Oval in Half-Way Tree.
In addition to Bravo, Pollard, Ambrose and Richardson, other regional representatives down to participate include Sulieman Benn, Corey Collymore and Nixon McLean.
The seven will represent a Caribbean All-Stars XI, which will be led by Bravo, and will go up against a Jamaica All-Stars XI, to be led by Chris Gayle.
Other members of the Jamaica All-Stars XI are André Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Danza Hyatt, Tamar Lambert and Jermaine Blackwood.
The main matches will be preceded by the playing of a St Elizabeth Select XI versus MCC/CCAC Select XI match today and a MCC/CCAC Select XI versus vs a Celebrity Invitational XI tomorrow.
The St Elizabeth Select XI will feature players such as Jerome Taylor and Darren Powell, as well as members of the Junction/Bull Savannah team that won the recent Social Development Commission Twenty20 competition.
MCC/CCAC Select XI will have in their line-up members of Melbourne's successful All-Island Limited Overs team, as well as a number of promising national junior representatives.
As for the Celebrity Select XI they are expected to parade Olympic and World track and field champions Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, respectively, Reggae Boy Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, as well as entertainer Tony Rebel.
Retired cricket writer and former Melbourne Cricket Club president, Tony Becca, will be honoured in between matches tomorrow for outstanding contribution to the development of cricket, as well as initiating the first-ever Melbourne Cricket Festival.
"All the overseas players have arrived and we are looking forward to them and our local players to put on a spectacle over the two days," said Mark Neita, co-chair of the festival's organising committee.
"It should be fun-filled with spectators getting the chance to witness live some of the best T20 players in the world, as well as enjoy several interactive activities organised by our sponsors. There will be many prizes for best-dressed spectator, most runs, most wickets and most sixes," Neita added.