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Pak, Kiwi players to support AIDS Day

Pakistan and New Zealand cricketers will wear red ribbons during the second one-day international on Monday to support World AIDS Day, officials said.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2003 21:44 IST

Pakistan and New Zealand cricketers will wear red ribbons during the second one-day international onMonday to support World AIDS Day, officials said.

"As a sign of support for the millions of people around the world living with HIV and AIDS, international teams like Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe, England and Sri Lanka have agreed to wear red ribbons during their ongoing matches," announced the International Cricket Council in a media release.

Pakistan team management supported the idea and said that all their players were keen to support the fight against the deadly disease.

"Through the players, who are role models across the world, we can create more awareness and all Pakistani players are keen to support the fight," manager Haroon Rasheed, himself a former test cricketer, told reporters.

The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS.

"The threat of HIV or AIDS in many of the countries in which cricket is played is acute and it is in keeping with the spirit of cricket that the ICC exercises this social responsibility," said ICC President Ehsan Mani in the media release.

First Published: Nov 30, 2003 21:44 IST