The Oval to host fundraising Twenty20 international
The Oval will host a Twenty20 match between Asia and the Rest of the World on June 20 to raise money for the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami. The game has been given the go-ahead by the ICC and the ECB, and Brit Insurance, the ground sponsor, has pledged a "significant donation."
"We are delighted to be able to play a small part in helping to rebuild the shattered lives of the victims of this terrible disaster," said Paul Sheldon, Surrey's chief executive. "A large number of our Asian friends and supporters will have an opportunity of seeing some of their greatest heroes in the first Twenty20 event of its kind."
The match at The Oval is just one of the several that have been organised to help the tsunami relief efforts. On January 10, Melbourne hosted a one-day international between Asia and the Rest of the World which raised more than £6 million for tsunami relief. And later this month, New Zealand are set to play a World XI captained by Shane Warne to fill the gap created by the Sri Lankan team that has returned home to help their countrymen who have suffered the effects of the tsunami.