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Proteas fast-bowler Makhaya Ntini has appealed to South Africans to come down to East London to see fireworks as the star-studded Makhaya Invitation XI takes on the touring West Indies at Buffalo Park on Friday.
South Africa's favourite sportsman made the passionate plea at a media briefing in Sandton yesterday.
The match will form part of a busy benefit year for Ntini, with other exhibition matches, unique corporate golf days and other activities taking place next season.
Friday's match is aimed at raising funds for charities that Ntini supports. It is also dedicated to Ntini for his outstanding contribution to the country and for 10 years of service to his province, Border Cricket Board, where he started his career.
Said Ntini: "I urge all South Africans to come in huge numbers and to enjoy themselves and also make this day [Friday] a memorable one. By bringing the Windies to my home ground, I hope I can reward my loyal fans who have given me such wonderful support over the years I have been playing cricket there.
"All the players I have selected have represented the sport with distinction and I hope we can put on a memorable match. It will be great to have international cricket back in East London.''
But Ntini was saddened by the late withdrawal of the Proteas captain, Graeme Smith from the squad for medical reasons.
"He [Smith] always led the team at the international level. This time around, it was going to be a great honour for me to lead him, instead of him leading me.
"But all I can say is, he must get well and better because we still need him."
Cricket legend Jonty Rhodes will be part of the squad consisting of Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Tyron Henderson, Paul Adams, Shaun Pollock, Mark Boucher, Pieter Strydom, Mfuneko Ngam, Yanda "Lucky" Phangabantu and Neville Botha.