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Cricket community ready to pitch in

By Guy Hand 07/01/2005 06:25:13 PM Comments (0)

Cricket's ambitious tsunami fund-raiser at the MCG on Monday will be a sell-out, with full one-day international status and $1,000 a run set to be donated to tsunami victims.

All remaining tickets for the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match were snapped up, with Melbourne Cricket Club members given access to the other 20,000 seats in the 78,000-capacity ground.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the match will have official one-day international status, meaning statistics from the game will count on players' one-day career records.

ICC president Ehsan Mani said the board had voted to count the MCG match and a planned follow-up in Asia as official internationals because of their exceptional nature, in which players from all ICC full member countries were available to take part.

"The ICC board is of the view that due to the extraordinary circumstances that have brought about these two matches an exception to the existing rules should be made," Mani said.

"This decision applies only to these two matches and does not change the status of other one-day matches from the past or in the future."

Mobile phone company Three weighed in by pledging $1,000 a run scored in the match to the tsunami appeal.

With around 300 runs per team not beyond the realms of possibility in a match featuring most of the world's best batsmen, it could mean an extra $600,000 in addition to gate proceeds and other monies raised.

England paceman Darren Gough became the first big-name international to arrive in Melbourne for the match.

Gough is the only Englishman in the Rest of the World XI to play an Asian XI, with his countrymen involved in a Test series against South Africa.

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