Ganguly to hold auction to raise relief funds

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:In a novel gesture, team India captain Sourav Ganguly has extended a helping hand to West Bengal government to raise funds for tsunami victims through auction of cricket memorabilia of international stars.

The collection from the auctions, to be held in Kolkata on January 30 or 31 and in Siliguri in early February, would be donated to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, the state urban development minister, Asok Bhattacharya, said here today.

The bidding would see sports gadgets of cricket icons like Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Muthaiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya and Shane Warne, among others, going under the hammer, he said.

Besides Ganguly, who has agreed to take initiative for the cause, a host of cricketers from both India and Sri Lanka including Tendulkar were likely to be present on the occasion, the minister said.

He said that a total collection of around Rs 50 lakh would the target to be raised from the auctions for the benefit of the tsunami victims.

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