Charity match pays off; volleyball group gives $3M

Updated: January 11, 2005, 10:02 AM ET
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- The final result of $11 million raised for the tsunami relief fund was far more important than the score between two all-star cricket teams who met in a charity match Monday.

Based on revenue from ticket sales, sponsors and a telephone fund-raising effort during the match, cricket officials gave World Vision Australia $11.1 million for its tsunami fund.

"None of the cricketers had to do this ... but they're part of the wave of compassion that has said this wave of death will not beat us," Tim Costello, head of World Vision Australia, said. "It shows there are things we can do to give hope to those who're still alive -- this is part of the job."

A team of World players beat a team of Asian players by 112 runs in front of 70,101 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the match broadcast in 122 countries.

The International Cricket Council is planning a return match in either Calcutta, India, or Colombo, Sri Lanka, next month.

"We all knew what we were here for -- a cause -- and that was the most important thing," Asia's captain Sourav Ganguly said. "I hope we can raise as much money in the next match and put up a better performance on the field."

Among those taking part in the match were Chris Cairns of New Zealand, Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and Anil Kumble of India.

Sri Lanka and India were two of the hardest hit countries in the Dec. 26 tsunami, which has killed more than 150,000 people and left millions homeless.

"The people back home were in our minds," cricketer Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka said. "I believe this will do a lot for the whole region."

Volleyball group pledges $3 million
In Geneva, the International Volleyball Federation said it will give $3 million to a United Nations appeal for tsunami-struck nations. The volleyball federation said the money would be used to rebuild schools and sports fields.

Federer wants tennis to do more
World No. 1 Roger Federer has led calls for tennis to join other sports in raising money for victims of the south Asian tsunami disaster.

Federer said tennis players should follow the example set by the world's top cricketers.

"I straight away was thinking about different options for us to help," Federer told reporters Tuesday.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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