World Vision Tsunami Relief Fund Raiser
Aus $14.6 million collected so far
Virender Sehwags blistering 45 earned $95,000 for the tsunami victims, Rahul Dravids unbeaten 75 Aus $75,000, Pontings whirlwind 115 off 102 balls (inclusive of three towering sixes off Anil Kumble) $265,000. Kiwi Chris Cairnss breezy 69 fetched $169,000, and Adam Gilchrists all-too-brief 24 runs $74,000 from inducements offered by sponsors who paid $1000 per run and $50,000 for every six. Apart from Travelex, the major sponsors of Cricket Australia, who donated one million, Qantas, Australias national carrier, flew in all the players at a cost of $100,000.
Patties Pies, a food company donated 20,000 pies, Coca Cola supplied free drinks to the charity and Kerry Packers Nine (television) Network, with a staff of nearly 100, waived all production costs. Cricket lover Kerry Packer contributed $3 million and all car parking charges and donations from fans, young and old, in bins around the ground were diverted to the World Vision charity.
However, apart from the donations of childrens life savings, the most touching contribution came from almost 500 casual staff at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, who worked for no payment.
World XI triumph in Tsunami match
100 million set to view planet's finest
Organisers hope the match will raise more than $10 million for World Vision's tsunami aid effort. With big hitters including Adam Gilchrist, Chris Cairns and Sanath Jayasuriya in the two line-ups it could become an expensive day for the corporate heavyweights. Autographed shirts worn by the players in today's match will also be auctioned on eBay until 5pm tomorrow.
All proceeds from the charity match will go to World Vision, adding to the huge contribution generous Australians have already made to the tsunami aid effort. Australian public and corporate donations have now topped $140 million, adding to the Federal Government's $1 billion aid package announced last week. The game starts at 2.15pm today with gates opening at 10.30am. Nine's telecast will begin at 1.30pm. All times Australian.
Sachin travels for a cause, will not play
Sachin and four other Team India members vice-captain Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag , Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan reached melbourne on Jan 8th. Sourav Ganguly, who is leading Asia, will land here only early 9th morning as he opted to fly Calcutta-Singapore-Melbourne route. The fund-raiser which was accorded the International status by ICC is already a sell-out and given the interest across the world, its possible that the TV viewership (over 122 countries) could become the highest-ever for any cricket match.
Fund-raiser No.2, likely to be hosted by Calcutta on February 16, is also going to be a ODI.
January 10 for Asian XI v World XI at the MCG
The World Xl selected by Sir Richard Hadlee and by Stephen Waugh will be named on Sunday and the ACC Asian Xl side will be named on Monday. An official said players globally, many of whom had close relationships in tsunami-affected regions, had pledged their support to help ensure the fund raising games in Melbourne and in India are successes.
Federation of International Cricketers Association chief executive Tim May handed Cricket Australia a proposal on Thursday on behalf of cricketers around the world who volunteered to participate in the game. The two bodies then approached the ICC, which quickly sanctioned the match. All money raised through gate takings from the match and the telethon will go to World Vision.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden told the Herald on Sunday yesterday that he was inviting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to send a touring party. Snedden is not sure that chances of a positive reply are high. New Zealand Cricket would desperately love some international cricket to fill the void in January created by Sri Lanka's departure on Friday to their tsunami-ravaged homeland. Snedden said: "We are trying to see whether or not it is possible to find some sort of alternative, but as you can imagine it's not that simple at short notice. We certainly will go down the track of inviting India to send a team."
Another fundraising match is being planned for India with details yet top be confirmed. In Picture: Above The test cricket ground in Galle, Sri Lanka was destroyed by the tsunami. 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..
Below Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, with organisers delighted at the overwhelming early response shown by Australian cricket fans.
MCG to host Tsunami fundraising match
The ICC has announced plans to stage two international matches between the world's best players to raise millions of dollars for victims of the Indian Ocean earthquake disasterInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed told a news conference in Sydney that a team made up of the best players from Asia would play an invitational world XI. The first match will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 10 with the second game to be held on the Asian sub-continent in either February or March. Both matches will be broadcast live around the cricketing world with all proceeds going to World Vision. Channel Nine will also run a telethon to raise additional funds for the relief effort. "Everyone in the cricket world wants to assist in putting these matches together and doing what we can," Speed said. "Much of the cricket world has a border around the Indian Ocean...so there is a great willingness to contribute to the aid effort." The world side will be selected by former Australia captain Steve Waugh and ex-New Zealand skipper Richard Hadlee and will be announced tomorrow. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will choose its side on Monday.
It is expected six yet to be named Australian players will join players from the West Indies and New Zealand in forming a World XI likely to include West Indian superstar Brian Lara. Players from South Africa and England were unavailable due to their commitments in a Test series in South Africa. Pakistan and the West Indies will be in Australia preparing to compete in the VB one-day series. The Asian XI will include players from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and may be led by Indian great Tendulkar. That Indian players are available for the match was considered a key to its success because television rights can be sold for a huge fee to the cricket-crazed nation where any game involving Tendulkar is a mass rater.
Harbhajan Singh Memorabilia
Singh's Magnificent Hat Trick
On the 1st Day of the 2nd Test, India versus Australia, in March 2001, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh achieved what no other Indian cricketer had ever done - he snared a magnificent Hat Trick.
Limited Edition Magnificent photographic collage of the three dismissals with the hat trick at Calcutta capturing photograph in each piece being personally signed by Harbhajan Singh. Each piece .encased in a timber frame with Perspex glazing and is supported by A-Tag microchip authentication technology, and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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