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Last Updated: Friday, 7 January, 2005, 15:45 GMT
MCC to join tsunami relief effort
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Lord's will stage a match to raise money for the tsunami victims
The MCC have announced a series of initiatives to help towards the victims of the tsunami disaster.

A initial 25,000 donation will go to the reconstruction of Sri Lanka's Galle Stadium, decimated in the tragedy.

There will be a fund-raising event in the Long Room at Lord's and plans are in place for a major fund-raising match at the home of cricket during the year.

MCC's Secretary Roger Knight, said: "We want to support the many organisations which are working so hard."

The Lord's pavilion is currently undergoing a refurbishment of its own, after which more details of the tsunami appeal will be released.

England's players have already made a substantial donation to the appeal fund, and Knight is pleased with the part that cricket is playing.

"Everyone has been shocked by the tsunami disaster - and its scale," he said.

"Now it is essential for the region to receive the resources needed for a full recovery.

"I am delighted that our sport is contributing to the relief and recovery process."

Groundsman Jayananda Warnaweera
Restoring the ground at Galle will be a massive job

The MCC has contacted both the International Cricket Council and England and Wales Cricket Board regarding the fund-raising match.

Galle Stadium has been an international cricket venue since 1998 when Sri Lanka played New Zealand and won by an innings and 16 runs.

It is one of the game's most picturesque grounds because of the 16th century Dutch fort which overlooks the playing area and its close proximity to the ocean.

The tidal wave deposited a bus, three vans, two cars and four boats on the outfield. Practice facilities were ruined.

"It was my dream to make this an international Test ground, and somehow we did it, with a lot of difficulties.

"Now, within such a short period of time, we are left having to face this," said head groundsman Jayananda Warnaweera.

The cost of restoring the ground has been estimated at 1.6m.

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