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Charity cricket match for tsunami relief

01/01/2005 06:52:36 PM Comments (0)

An International Cricket Council XI will play an Asian XI in Melbourne on January 10, with organisers hoping the sport's biggest stars will help raise millions for the tsunami relief fund.

Former Australian captain Stephen Waugh will coach and manage the ICC lineup, which will include players from Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies. Waugh and New Zealander Richard Hadlee will select the ICC XI and it will be announced on Sunday.

The Asian Cricket Council will select a lineup from its some of its member countries that have been hit by the tsunamis, including Sri Lanka and India, as well as Pakistan.

The Asian team is expected to be announced Monday and India's batting maestro is a strong contender to lead the Asian lineup in the day-night international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

England and South Africa are playing a test series in Africa, making those players unavailable for the Melbourne match.

Although, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said he hoped all international players would be available for a return match in Asia in February or March.

Speed announced the Melbourne match at a news conference in Sydney on Saturday, on the eve of the third cricket test between Australia and Pakistan.

He said he hoped millions of dollars would be raised in ticket sales, TV broadcasting rights and a telephone fundraising drive being held on Australian television in conjunction with the match.

"Much of the cricket world has a border around the Indian ocean. There has been a great deal of sympathy, concern and a great willingness to contribute to the aid effort that has been put in place world wide," Speed said.

"We've been swept off our feet by the assistance that's been offered. Everyone wants to assist in putting these matches together and doing whatever we can."

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