When the devastating Boxing Day tsunami of 2006 struck, four cricketing nations were locked in battle.
India were in Bangladesh, and largely unaffected. New Zealand were in Sri Lanka, where the damage was most severe. Several Sri Lankan players, including Sanath Jayasuriya, whose mother just about got away unscathed, were deeply affected by the events that unfolded.
While the recent tsunami that struck Samoa has not sent major shockwaves through the cricketing world, at least one player had reasons to worry. Ross Taylor, the pillar of New Zealand’s batting, hails from the Pacific Island and still has family back home.
On the eve of the Champions Trophy final New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori revealed that Taylor had been adversely affected by the latest tsunami that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.
“Some people may have noticed that Ross Taylor wore a black armband on Saturday during the semifinal win over Pakistan,” Vettori said. “Ross has got a lot of family back in Samoa and whilst I don’t think he has had any tragedies, they have had to be moved to higher ground to get away from it all. It’s affected him quite deeply, and we’ve tried in a lot of ways to support him and support whatever goes on over there.”