CHRIS Gayle, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Clarke and Kieron Pollard. Just some of the stellar stars of world cricket who are set to grace the same stage on Saturday.
But this is not the cast of an Indian Premier League extravaganza.
This West Indies and Australia showdown will take place right here in Wales as a warm-up match for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in Cardiff.
And this is just the appetiser before the likes of MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn stroll into town for the tournament opener in Cardiff next Thursday between India and South Africa which could net a worldwide TV audience of 500m people.
Seven of the leading eight nations will take part in five tournament matches and two warms-ups in Cardiff next month as they compete in the last ever Champions Trophy which will be beamed live to 1.5bn people across the world.
“I don’t think people realise how big this tournament is and they will probably only realise it after it finishes,” said Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer.
“Our biggest challenge has been to try and elevate the profile of the competition.
“This is mainly because people’s attention has been taken by competing sports with the successful football season Welsh clubs have had and now the Lions tour.
“So I am not sure if the Welsh public has realised what is around the corner which is all the best cricketers in the world going to be in Cardiff.
“We will have seven of the top eight nations here at least in the next three weeks and this is like a mini World Cup.
“This is something that does not come around very often and when you have Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard. Michael Clarke and David Warner here who are going to be involved in the first warm-up game on Saturday.
“That is even before MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn arrive in town for the first match which is incredible.
“Over the next few days as more players come into Cardiff we aim to raise the profile.
“Hopefully over the next three weeks people will come and see some of the leading stars in action.
“Teams have started arriving in Cardiff and West Indies and Australia will play in a warm-up match and they have been practising every day.
“We have been preparing for this tournament for over a year now and are putting the final touches to it.”
Hamer ranks this event as rivalling Cardiff’s historic inaugural Test in 2009.
“This on a par with the Ashes because it is a global event,” said Hamer.
“In fact if the semi-final goes to how we would like it of potentially an India-England semi-final, that would be bigger than the Ashes game.
“The ICC predict this tournament will reach a global audience of 1.5bn people and there could be 500m watching the first game which is incredible.”
The Swalec Stadium has been rebranded the Cardiff Wales Stadium for this tournament and will host five games in the tournament alongside other venues Edgbaston and the Oval.
England and New Zealand’s pool match on June 16 and a semi-final match four days later are destined to join the opening game as sell-outs.
But the other two matches between Sri Lanka and New Zealand and West Indies and South Africa are more of a challenge.
“We are happy with the way tickets have gone after setting ourselves an ambitious target across the five games,” added Hamer.
“Overall we are looking at three games selling out, one half full and the other of about 5,000.
“The first India and South Africa match has sold out and there are a couple of thousand tickets left for England and New Zealand on Father’s Day which should go quickly.
“It is their final group match and could have a big bearing on what happens.
“We have less than 50 per cent available for the semi-final which we are happy about at the moment we don’t know who is involved.
“The other two games will be more challenging. West Indies and South Africa should be one of the most popular neutrals matches and we are looking at 50 per cent capacity.
“For the Sri Lanka and New Zealand game we are working with local cricket clubs and are expecting a crowd of 5,000.”
Glamorgan swapped their Champions Trophy allocation for an England Test match against New Zealand which was switched back to Lord’s.
Having watched Yorkshire struggling to fill Headingley for the second Test last week in a similar fashion to England’s Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff two years ago, Hamer believes Glamorgan have benefited from the change.
“It was definitely the right decision,” said Hamer.
“This is something different rather than just having two teams and one game whether that be over one or five days.
“We have so many different sides and a variety of players coming to Cardiff on seven separate occasions.
“We had our fingers burned in 2011 against Sri Lanka and Yorkshire and Durham have had difficult times in recent times.
“I believe the first series every summer should all be staged in London because in May it is hard to fill grounds with large attendances.”
Financially, Glamorgan should also benefit.
The county were forced to declare a £2m loss on that Sri Lankan Test, but are confident of posting a seven-figure profit from their Champions Trophy exploits.
“We are guaranteed to make a decent six-figure profit and we are aiming to make a million,” said Hamer.
“It is not like international matches where you get bonus on attendances and the risks or rewards are all on the venue as it works for England game.”
Hamer also accepts the next few weeks will determine Glamorgan’s reputation as an international venue.
“This is crucial to our future plans because all the top brass from the ECB and the ICC will be here over the next few weeks,” conceded Hamer, who has also confirmed Glamorgan will bid for an England T20 international next year.
“We believe what happens is vital to our future and determine what games we will have in the future.
“In 2017, 2018 and 2019 there are big England Test matches against India, South Africa and Australia which we want to stage.
“The best way we can produce a cv for future international matches is to put on a good show.
“We have demonstrated over the last five years how well we have staged games and these things don’t go unnoticed.
“A safe and successful tournament would enhance our reputation.
“Players and match officials like the way they are treated and we have already seen Michael Clarke wax lyrical about Cardiff.
“All these small things can make the difference when the big decisions are being made.”
The trophy itself will be in Cardiff on Friday night where cricket fans can have their photograph taken with it in front of the official ICC Champions Trophy logo board.
The trophy will be at the Walkabout sports bar on St Mary’s Street between 5.30pm and 9pm on Friday evening along with an official photographer to capture the moment. This is one of only three times the trophy will be seen in public before being lifted by the winning captain.
Tickets for all matches are available from www.icc-cricket.com, by calling 08442492013 or from the stadium Office priced from £20 for adults and £5 for under-16s.
Match tickets for the two warm-ups in Cardiff, West Indies v Australia on June 1 and Australia v India on June 4 are also now available, priced £5 for children and £15 for adults in advance, £20 on the day.