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Benefit match for late Woolmer soon

Wife of the late Pakistan coach has written to the PCB to organise funds for the Bob Woolmer Academy, set up after his death.

cricket Updated: Jul 21, 2007 21:34 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Saturday that it is committed to organise a benefit match for its late coach Bob Woolmer. The match could be played in India, Pakistan or England.

Gill, the wife of former England Test player Woolmer who died during the World Cup in the West Indies in March, had written to the PCB to organise funds for the Bob Woolmer Academy established after his death in Kingston, Jamaica.

"After his death, his widow Gill sent an official request to PCB for playing a Twenty20 match either in the United Kingdom or in India, the proceeds of which would be utilised for the development of this academy," PCB said in Lahore in a statement.

"The PCB management in response agreed to the idea immediately and said that it would offer all out support to Bob Woolmer's family in this matter as a tribute to their national coach," said the statement.

The board said that it is willing to play the match anywhere.

"PCB has already communicated to Gill its commitment to play this match and will certainly opt for any venue that the host board agrees upon, be it ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) or BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India)," it said.

"In this regard, PCB is even willing to play this match during the forthcoming Pakistan tour to India, in November-December, and consent from BCCI is awaited on this."

Woolmer, who died aged 58 years and 308 days, played 19 Tests and six One-day Internationals between 1972 and 1981.