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Warne mulls to conduct T20 to raise money for flood victims

Posted By: Manoj Kumar Ramesh

Melbourne, Jan 12 (PTI) In an attempt to raise money forthe Australian flood victims, cricket legend Shane Warne isplanning to organise a Twenty20 match featuring formercricketing greats and celebrities.

The former Test veteran used twitter, popular socialnetworking website, to garner support for his proposed tiebetween Warne XI and Vaughan XI, to be led by former Englandcaptain Michael Vaughan.

Warne tweeted: "Thanks everyone for your support re ideafor a 20/20 match in aid of Qld flood relief fund. Speakingwith everyone today glad you all like the idea of a 20/20match. Vaughan 11 v Warne 11 with ex cricketers and somecelebs."

The spin wizard also came up with an idea to auctiona spot each in the teams to the highest bidder.

Newspaper ''Herald Sun'' reported that the spin king alsotweeted that he has already communicated his idea to Channel 9and is expecting a reply from the broadcaster within the next48 hours.

"Am working with Ch 9 and CA and Michael Gudinski re aconcert for 1 big day. Should know in next 48 hours what theplan is. Just all discussing the issues and organisation,"Warne further wrote in his tweet.

Meanwhile, Aussie cricketers today joined hands withtheir arch-rivals England, in an effort to lend support tothousands of Australians who have been affected by one of theworst floods in more than a century.

The English players are expected to donate some of theirtoday''s T20 match wages to the Queensland flood relief appeal.

"It''s just one of those times when you realise how luckyyou are not to be involved, I''m sure for those involved in it,it''s a terrible time," said the English offie Graeme Swann.

"It''s very close to home for so many of the Aussie guys.

It''s important that we do something and what we can do is tryand get the message that those people need as much support aspossible," Swann added.

Making an appeal, David Hussey said that people shouldtranscend the barriers to help the affected.

"On behalf of the Australian Twenty20 team we are hopingeveryone in Australia and internationally can donate anythingthey can to the Premier''s Flood Relief appeal, that would befantastic," Hussey said.

Cricket Australia has already decided to dedicate thefifth match of the forthcoming ODI series against England toraising funds for flood relief.

Story first published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 16:15 [IST]
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