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World's cricketers set to make history

By Guy Hand 09/01/2005 10:38:40 PM Comments (0)

The best gathering of cricket talent for a single match in more than 25 years is set to raise another $10 million for tsunami relief.

The world's best cricketers will take part in a one-day international charity match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground - an event which will cap off an extraordinary three days of generosity and goodwill around Australia.

A sellout crowd of around 78,000 and millions of viewers from 122 countries will watch the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match between an Asian XI and the Rest of the World.

Not since World Series Cricket in the late 1970s has there been a more star-studded gathering of cricket talent for one match.

Four of the five all-time leading Test wicket-takers, including the top two Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, and leading batsmen such as Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting will play.

All proceeds from the match will go to aid agency World Vision, which has already raised more than $20 million for tsunami victims this weekend from Saturday night's Australia Unites concert and telethon.

"Having a gathering of players like this in Melbourne is great for this game and it's obviously going to be great for the tsunami relief fund," Ponting said.

"It's great to see people have come from all around the world to do whatever we can as a player group and as a cricket community for people that are a lot less fortunate than us."

The match has been pulled together in just 12 days, with most of the players assembling in Melbourne for a media conference and light training.

World Vision is loathe to publicly put a figure on how much it expects the cricket match to raise.

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