Aussie cricketers moot tsunami relief game

Published: Friday, December 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Australia's cricketers proposed an international match to raise funds for tsunami victims but said the event depended on cooperation from cricket bodies.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland met players' representatives and ICC officials Friday to discuss the practicalities of staging a charity match in Melbourne in January.

Sutherland said the match was a way for cricket to do something tangible to help victims of the tsunami disaster.

But he said it could not go ahead without the support of international cricket regulators.

"If an international cricket fund raising match is to happen, we can't do it alone and will need the support of both the Asian Cricket Council and the International Cricket Council," he said.

Media reports in Sydney said the proposal was for a one-day match featuring a Rest of the World side versus either Australia or a combination of Australian and New Zealand players.

The Australian Test team has already donated its 17,000 dollars (13,100 US) match winning bonus from its recent victory over Pakistan to tsunami relief. But a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 65,000, would generate significantly more.

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