Thatscricket - News - Modest sponsor backs Kiwi junior game

Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Entrepreneur Michael Watt is set to donate another one million New Zealand dollars ($ 430,000 US) to help develop young Kiwi cricketers, providing his name is not incorporated in the academy's title, his office said on Monday.Watt, a former New Zealander now based in Britain and the United States, has already donated one million New Zealand dollars to the Christchurch-based New Zealand Cricket Acadamy.He is about to make a second donation, but is resisting attempts by New Zealand cricket officials Chris Doig and John Anderson to put his name to the academy.Phil Lenton, who is in charge of Watt's philanthropic international donations, said, "The New Zealand Cricket Council have to understand his policy, maintained over the last 12 years, of keeping his name off title packages. True philanthropists do not attach their name to the donations."Watt wants the academy to be named after former New Zealand Test star Bert Sutcliffe, who was voted one of cricket bible Wisden's players of the year in 1950.Watt, who has also supported cricket projects in South African townships among other causes, is due to attend a press conference at the Academy next Monday and an under-19 New Zealand v South Africa match.

Copyright AFP 2000

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