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Thatscricket - News - Bradman memorabilia for quake victims

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Moved by the plight of Indian earthquake victims, Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman has decided to auction a large part of his cricket memorabilia in Mumbai from the first week of March. The auction, being organised at Oberoi Tower in Mumbai, would be held on March 1 and the proceedings would be donated to survivors of the earthquake that hit India's western parts on January 26 and claimed about 25,000 lives.The prime attraction of this auction would be the Australian Captains' Bat, which belonged to Bradman. The bat bears signatures of 20 Australian Test cricket captains, including Bradman himself, Ian and his brother Greg Chappell, Allan Border and Mark Taylor. The bat is valued at more than Australian $ 20,000 by the auction house.Former Australian captain Kim Hughes is organising this auction through his auction house Hughes and Ludgrove. About 70 items would feature in the auction, which would consist largely of Bradman's collection of photographs.Meanwhile, a cricket bat put to auction by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) to help the earthquake victims has fetched an impressive Australian $ 2375.The ACB had offered to auction this bat, which has signatures of all the Australian and Indian cricketers who played in the 1999-2000 Test series in Australia, a week ago. The auction managed to solicit an impressive interest at the Australian auction Web site eBay.com.The signatories on this bat included the winner of 2000-2001 Allan Border medal (for being adjudged Australia's cricketer of the year) Steve Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Mark Waugh, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting.A promotional feature on the home Website of Australian cricket, www.greenbaggy.com.au also helped in generating good interest in the auction. The Website also featured Steve Waugh posing with the auctioned bat.The ACB has already taken some initiatives to help the survivors of the catastrophic earthquake. The Australian cricketers and ACB officials had issued an appeal on the eve of the Carlton Series final on February 8 asking for tele-viewers' contributions for the rehabilitation of quake survivors.Australia's Channel Nine television network had also joined in this joint appeal of the ACB and an Australia-based aid organisation World Vision as appeals were made throughout the telecast of the second Limited Overs final between Australia and West Indies on February 9.The appeal managed to raise an impressive amount of Australian $ 165,000 as donors pledged their donations through telephones. The ACB had earlier kick-started the appeal by donating Australian $ 10,000 from its kitty.India Abroad News Service

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