ACC Archived News - January 2005

World Cricket Tsunami Appeal
Rest of the World v Asia, Melbourne

A victory for the Rest of the World XI and a victory for the Australian people who united for this cause with passion and compassion. They raised a phenomenal amount on the day of the match (AUS $14,645,123.85/ US$11,021,000) which will go a long way to rebuild the shattered lives of all those affected by the disaster .....

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Bangladesh Breaks The Barrier

Through the long struggle for national identity, through the long fight for independence, through the long quest for international status it was the dream of every cricket lover in Bangladesh that one day they would feel themselves on a par with the other Test-playing nations of the world .....

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Kolkata Tsunami Match Now In April

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the ACC and ICC, and ostensibly due to “serious workload issues for many of the players” around the middle of February, the ICC has had to reluctantly postpone the Kolkata Tsunami Match originally scheduled to be held on February 13. The match is now scheduled to take place in the middle of April.

The Chief Executive of the ACC, Syed Ashraful Huq, said: “Obviously we are disappointed by the delay as we were expecting to raise a considerable sum for the Asian Tsunami appeal. The cause is still a vital one and our campaign and preparations for the Kolkata event will continue.”

Though South Africa will be touring the West Indies in April, Sri Lanka will have finished their re-scheduled tour of New Zealand on the 15th of April. Pakistan concludes their tour of India on the 9th of April. Of the world’s best cricketers, only Andrew Flintoff will definitely be unavailable for the Kolkata match as he will still be recovering from ankle surgery.

Filed January 28 2005