20,000 tickets sold out for tsunami match

Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne:Nearly 20,000 tickets have been sold for the Asian Tsunami Appeal fund-raising cricket one-day game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on January 10, officials said.

Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, with organisers delighted at the overwhelming early response shown by Australian cricket fans.

"To sell almost 20,000 tickets in half a day is a fantastic result and augurs well for creating a strong atmosphere at the fund-raising game on Monday," International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed said in a statement.

"It is a tremendous reflection of the strength of the international cricket community - fans and organisers - to come together to support the Tsunami Appeal."

The match has been arranged at short notice between a Rest of the World XI and an Asian XI at the 80,000-capacity MCG with all proceeds going to the relief fund.

The confirmed death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Indian Ocean shorelines a week ago neared 146,000, with 52 countries reporting that their nationals were among the dead or injured.

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