It promises to be a perfect match between Tamil and Telugu film stars.

The venue: Sharjah cricket stadium. The date: January 27.

The occasion: the MGR - NTR Memorial Cup cricket match.

Tamil stars Vikram, Madhavan, Silambarasan, Srikanth, Abbas, Shyam, Jeyam Ravi, Arya, Jeeva and Bharath will face a Telugu side that includes Balakrishna, Dr. Rajasekar, Tharun, Ravi Teja, Nithin and Manoj among others.

Insiders say the stars will start net practice from January 10 with a former cricket star to coach them here before flying to Sharjah for the match.

Ranches International, an event management company, is organising the event. A part of the proceeds will go for charity.

Actor Abbas is confident Tamil stars will take home the trophy. "We are sure to get the rolling trophy. Many of our stars have played the game in college, especially Srikanth, Arya and I ... "

S.R. Ashok Kumar

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