Japan may be a country dominated by the other bat and ball game of baseball, but cricket is progressing there, with the men's team winning the EAP Cricket Cup last year in Vanuatu, and the women's team playing five ODIs in 2003.

As part of a charity fund raising event for the Tyler Foundation, several former international cricketers will be taking part in a match at Yokohama's Country and Athletic Club. On the bill are Indian legend Kapil Dev, in addition to England's Devon Malcolm and Mike Gatting, Australia's Ray Bright and South Africa's Clive Rice.