England to donate Test fees

on December 10, 2008 by Administrator

After deciding to return to India after the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, the players for the national cricket team have decided to donate fifty per cent of their match fees from the first Test against India on Thursday to charity.

The money will go towards helping the victims of the attacks and the sum is expected to be approximately thirty five thousand pounds. The England players released a long statement, which was read out by Alastair Cook, which expressed support and sympathy towards the Indian people and those affected by the terrorist attacks around the world.

Cook revealed that the players made a strong “pact” at their meeting and decided to pledge half of their match fees in a gesture of solidarity and support. Over one hundred and eighty people were killed in the attacks and some England players were understandably nervous about returning to the country earlier this week.

They were surrounded by numerous security guards upon their return and Hugh Morris, the boss of the ECB, revealed that the team has received “excellent support from the commissioner of police here in Chennai and the Board of Control for Cricket in India”.

Now that the players have arrived safely back in India, they have announced their intention to focus solely upon the upcoming matches against the national team.

This may be difficult given the recent events but each and every player is determined to do their bit to help life in India return to normal as soon as possible.

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