Second World Cricket Tsunami Appeal Match Moved to April
ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said that the match, originally scheduled for 13 February in Kolkata, had been moved after discussions with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), ICC member countries and players’ representatives.
“On reviewing the proposed date of 13 February it became apparent that there were serious workload issues for many of the players who have indicated a desire to play in this match,” said Mr Speed.
“At that time, England will still be in South Africa and Australia’s series against New Zealand will be about to begin.
“There is never an easy time to fit in an additional match but this fundraising initiative is very important to us all. With the support and willing co-operation of the ACC, we have decided to postpone the match until the second half of April when there is less scheduled international cricket.”
The ICC recognises that the ACC’s plans to stage the match in Kolkata were in an advanced stage and postponement at such short notice will cause considerable inconvenience to all concerned.
Mr Speed added: “I thank the ACC, the players and their representatives, the host venue and all other parties involved for supporting this decision. I look forward to another compelling match and more valuable fundraising in the second half of April.”
The match will still take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with an exact date still to be confirmed.
The first World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match raised over US$ 11 million for the tsunami relief effort.
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