Kolkata to host second Tsunami match

MUMBAI: Fresh off the success they enjoyed from the first Tsunami benefit match in Melbourne, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the second World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match which will take place on 13 February in Kolkata.

ICC president Ehsan Mani said that after an overwhelming success of the first match in Melbourne, it was important that international cricket fulfilled this second part of its commitment to those affected by the disaster.

He said, "The first World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match provided a tremendous spectacle.Most importantly, it helped us raise over $ 11 million for the relief effort.The tsunami had a devastating impact on the city of Chennai and surrounding areas and it will be fitting if the second match is hosted in India. We look forward to the cricket world uniting again on 13 February as the work begins to rebuild the millions of shattered lives."

ACC president Jagmohan Dalmiya said, " The slogan for the second Tsunami Appeal match will be 'Cricket for Humanity'. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that a human chain is built up across the world so that everyone could come forward to donate generously for the noble cause. We have already started receiving a warm response from various cricket playing countries."

The second World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match will again see an ICC World XI take on an Asia XI. Both squads expected to be announced soon. In the Melbourne match the World XI led by Ricky Ponting comfortably defeated the Asian team.

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