Shoaib wants charity match for Pak quake victims

Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to arrange a One-day match to raise money for victims of the earthquake in his homeland.

Shoaib said he had personally asked ICC chief Malcolm Speed to arrange the game between Ricky Ponting's world champions and the Rest of the World XI for either October 20 or 21 after the two side were free from their six-day Super Test to be played from October 14 to 19 at Sydney cricket Ground.

"I spoke to my family and everyone is fine, but it's a catastrophe. My request to Malcolm Speed is to please organise a One-day game on the 20th or 21st of October. I am serious about this. Please help. It would be a good way to lend our support," Shoaib said.

"It won't be easy for the ICC to organise but I think it can be done. A lot of people died in Pakistan and a lot of people are hurt and we can help the children. We can help anyone who needs the help," the Rawalpindi express was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The fast bowler said Speed told him the matter would be raised with Ponting to know the interest among the Australian players.

"He said he will see what Ricky has to say about it. It's for a good cause, just like the tsunami game was," the fast bowler said.

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