Charity match raised more than AUS$14 million January 10, 2005

Big bids made for players' shirts

Cricinfo staff



Shane Warne can't believe how much his shirt now costs either © Getty Images
The shirt worn by Shane Warne in the first tsunami charity match has received a bid for over AUS$140,000 (about £57,000) on the Australian ebay website. And, at the time this bid was placed, there were still more than 17 hours to go before bidding closed.

All of the shirts worn by players in the ICC World XI v ACC Asia game at Melbourne were put up for auction by Australia's cricket board to raise money for World Vision, who received AUS$14 million (£5.7m) from the game itself. The shirts of Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchist have also received bids above AUS$10,000 (£4000), but Warne's shirt is attracting the most attention, and has already received over 240 bids.

The International Cricket Council thanked all who had contributed to the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match in Melbourne. The ICC President Ehsan Mani praised the way the cricket world had responded in staging a major international fundraising match within two weeks of the disaster.

"Sport has the power to make a positive difference," said Mani. "I have been heartened by the way in which cricket has united across political divides to raise millions of dollars for the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal."

Click here to donate to the appeal