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Aus, NZ cricketers support bushfire appeal

Australia and New Zealand cricketers will observe a minute's silence prior to the fourth ODI of Commonwealth Bank Series and wear black armbands during the match in acknowledgment of the tragedy on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2009 19:17 IST

Extending sympathy to the victims of raging bushfire Down Under, Australia and New Zealand cricketers will observe a minute's silence prior to the fourth ODI of Commonwealth Bank Series and wear black armbands during the match in acknowledgment of the tragedy on Tuesday.

Ricky Ponting's men have already decided to donate their tomorrow's match fees for the cause, while the visitors have also expressed wish to contribute to the appeal through a financial donation.

The combined match fees of the Australia cricketers will amount more than $67,000, which is besides the 25 per cent of gate receipts that players have already donated.

Cricket Australia will also donate $100,000 and the Commonwealth Bank will provide USD 1 million, while the South Australian Cricket Association has contributed $25,000 for the cause.

Cricketers of both the teams will also auction their shirts, signed by the players, to raise funds.

At least 96 people were killed in one of the worst bushfires in Australia that ripped across the southeastern state of Victoria since Saturday, as fire-fighters struggled to tame the flame.