Cricketers may chip in for hockey's cause

A team source said senior players were discussing the matter though a final decision was yet to come. “There has been a talk on this but I don’t know if any final decision has come out or not,” a source in the team management told PTI today.

It is also learnt that former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who is here on a commentary assignment, initiated the move to raise Rs one crore for the hockey team and the idea appealed to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and senior player Harbhajan Singh. Gavaskar pointed out that Delhi was hosting the World Cup starting next month and the cricketers could not be indifferent to the plight of the hockey players.

After the strike caused ripples in sporting circles, promises of help had poured in from many quarters for the hockey players. Business houses and individuals assured the team that they will provide support, even though the parent body, Hockey India, rejected their demands outright.

The 16-member Indian cricket team, meanwhile, reached Chittagong this evening.
Newly appointed bowling consultant Eric Simons will join the team on January 16, a day before the start of the first Test at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium.

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