Teams representing The Queen and Pope Francis are set to face off against each other in a game of cricket at Windsor Castle, Vatican City declared on Monday.
The Vatican XI consists mainly of Indian and Sri Lankan priests, while the royal side is made up of members of The Queen’s household, including staff, guards and soldiers. The two teams will play a Twenty20 match (Twenty overs on each side – the shortest form of a game of cricket). The money raised will be used to fund an interfaith initiative to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery. It is not known whether the cricket match will be attended by The Queen, however Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be present.
The match is a part of the nine day ‘Light of Faith Tour’, which will take place from the 12th to the 20th of September. Representatives of the Vatican will visit England, with the aim to forge closer ties between the Catholic and Anglican churches.
“I think Her Majesty and Windsor Castle itself would see this as a golden opportunity for goodwill”, said Archbishop David Moxon, the representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome.
The heads of the two teams, Her Majesty and Pope Francis, met each other in the Vatican earlier this year. The Queen presented His Holiness with a basket of organic products from the gardens at Buckingham Palace, while he gave her a present for Prince George.
The cricket match is fixed to be played on Wednesday 17th September. May the best team win!