Warne mulls to conduct T20 to raise money for flood victims

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 16:34 PM IST

Melbourne: In an attempt to raise money for the Australian flood victims, cricket legend Shane Warne is planning to organise a Twenty20 match featuring former cricketing greats and celebrities.

The former Test veteran used twitter, popular social networking website, to garner support for his proposed tie between Warne XI and Vaughan XI, to be led by former England captain Michael Vaughan.

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

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

A newspaper reported that the spin king also tweeted that he has already communicated his idea to Channel 9 and is expecting a reply from the broadcaster within the next 48 hours.

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

Meanwhile, Aussie cricketers today joined hands with their arch-rivals England, in an effort to lend support to thousands of Australians who have been affected by one of the worst floods in more than a century.

The English players are expected to donate some of their today`s T20 match wages to the Queensland flood relief appeal.

"It`s just one of those times when you realise how lucky you 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 try and get the message that those people need as much support as possible," Swann added.

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

"On behalf of the Australian Twenty20 team we are hoping everyone in Australia and internationally can donate anything they can to the Premier`s Flood Relief appeal, that would be fantastic," Hussey said.

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

PTI

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