Cricket: Australian legends Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne confirm bushfire relief match

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting
Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting Photo credit: Getty

Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne are planning to recruit big names of sport, movies and music to join their star-studded teams in Cricket Australia's bushfire relief match.

The two Australian legends will come out of retirement to captain the teams in the Bushfire Cricket Bash to be played as a curtainraiser to the Big Bash League final on February 8.

The matches will form part of a tripleheader of cricket on the same day, with Australia to host India in a women's T20 international in Melbourne, and funds from all three matches will go to bushfire relief.

Australian coach Justin Langer, and fellow former national team stars Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke are already confirmed starters for the Bushfire Cricket Bash.

"Hopefully a few [more] big names will get involved as well," Warne said on Sunday. "From all sorts, whether it be music, film, TV or sports from different codes."

International cricket legends Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are on the wishlist.

The venue will only be decided when the host of the BBL is confirmed, but the Melbourne Cricket Ground looms as a likely option.

Last year's runners-up, the Melbourne Stars, are top of the BBL ladder, ahead of the Sydney Sixers after eight games.

"I'm actually quite excited, if it is here, because one more game at the MCG would be nice," Ponting said.