Hampshire cricketers bare all to raise cash for charity

A prostate cancer charity is hoping to raise a significant amount of money - as well as bowl a few maidens over - with a calendar featuring nude pictures of Hampshire Cricket Club players.

Michael Carberry
Michael Carberry
The Prostate Cancer Research Foundation will receive an as yet undecided percentage of the profits from the Naked Hawks calendar, which features 12 of the county’s players using only assorted bats, pads and gloves to cover their middle stumps.

A spokesman for Hampshire County Cricket Club said the initiative had been the club’s idea and, although the calendar’s intended market was women, they had chosen to work with the foundation because it was the keenest to be involved.

“We thought about working with a women’s charity, but this fitted with the male theme of the calendar,” said the spokesman.

He added that the players were all “chuffed” with the quality of the images and some of those who had batted away the idea initially were now regretting their shyness.

England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas is among the players featured, but club stars Kevin Pietersen and former Australian international spin-bowler Shane Warne are conspicuous by their absence. The spokesman said Pietersen had been unavailable because of his international commitments, but admitted that Warne had not been selected for the calendar squad.

“We selected these guys on their bodies and, with all due respect, Shane’s isn’t the club’s best,” he said.

The calendar will be available in a number of high street retailers as well as on a dedicated website.

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