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Cricketers raise funds for Iran earthquake victims

December 30, 2003 10:11 IST

Indian and Australian cricketers have united off the field to raise funds for the thousands of victims of the Iran earthquake.

The quake, which had ruined the entire south-eastern city of Bam in Iran, has so far claimed about 22,000 lives and the toll is expected to go up as the debris is cleared.

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A shirt of Australia's captain Steve Waugh, signed by team members of both sides, would be put up for auction the proceeds from which would go to those affected by the natural calamity. The shirt is expected to raise a record sum.

Waugh, who would hang his boots after the Indian series, said in a statement before the start of the fifth day's play in the third Test in Melbourne that the entire sporting community was affected by the huge tragedy.

"We've all been extremely saddened by the news coming out of Iran over the last couple of days regarding the devastation and terrible loss of life," Waugh said. "Out thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by this tragedy - especially the Iranians in Australia who have lost loved ones back home."

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