English team to donate half match fees to Mumbai terror attack victims

December 9th, 2008 - 6:41 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 9 (ANI): English cricket players have come out whole heartedly to support victims of the Mumbai terror attacks by donating half of their match fees from the first Test against India to be played in Chennai.

Following a meeting at the team hotel, the players issued a joint statement pledging fees of around 35,000 pounds to help those affected by the attacks two weeks ago, which killed 181 people, The Telegraph reported.

The England players will donate half their match fees from the first Test match to the families of those victims of the Mumbai attacks, opening batsman read out the statement.

It also underlined Englands reasons for returning to India following a week of soul-searching over whether to go back in the aftermath of the attacks.

Their return signified the open and public statement of support for the Indian people following the tragic events in Mumbai recently, according to the statement, where they also extended their sympathies to those affected by the attacks.

We have made a massive pact this morning at our meeting when we came up with the statement that this is it and nothing else can distract us from playing cricket. It was something that everyone wanted to get across because as a side we felt we wanted to do it, Cook added.

As England practised at the stadium, the ever-present security was evident with the Rapid Action Force, a heavily-armed branch of the police department, guarding the outfield at all times. (ANI)

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