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Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum to launch new cricket festival in London

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World Cup-winning England captains Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan announced the launch of a new London-based cricket festival this morning.

The Festival of Cricket, also supported by England men’s head coach Brendon McCullum, will take place at Gunnersbury Park near Chiswick in July next year.

The event will feature live music, food and cricket-based entertainment such as interactive challenges and showcases. As well as the main trio, a number of past and present cricketing stars have already confirmed their attendance, including Moeen Ali, Mark Butcher and Isa Guha.

The launch comes just days after Buttler’s T20 side beat Pakistan in Melbourne to claim World Cup glory, with England becoming the first men’s team to hold both world white-ball titles simultaneously after Morgan led the historic 50-victory triumph in 2019.

“The love and interest in the game has never been greater, and I’m excited and proud to be able to bring together some of my friends, to create an event that I hope will show the public what is truly fabulous sports cricket, in all of its various formats,” Morgan said.

The event, which will take place from July 14-16, in the middle of next summer’s Ashes double series, will celebrate “the traditional red ball format and newer, newer forms of the game”.

Morgan added: “Cricket is changing and I want the festival to embrace the old and the new to welcome visitors from all walks of life to share my personal passion.”