Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Bevan Backs Geldof Campaign

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Bevan Backs Geldof Campaign

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

PLAYERS' chief Richard Bevan today endorsed the Bob Geldof-backed campaign against playing their World Cup match in Zimbabwe.

Bevan, of the Professional Cricketers' Association which represents the players, pledged his support for the Aegis Trust's bid to raise u1 million to cover the financial penalties if England pull out of the game.

The human rights group have set up a Zimbabwe fund and are asking members of the public to make donations through a premium-rate phone line.

Bevan said: "The PCA is delighted to be able to support such an innovative idea. It is representative of the strength of feeling that exists in Britain about the issues surrounding England's match in Zimbabwe."

Bevan has already made it clear that England's players do not want to play in Zimbabwe on safety grounds and will today urge the International Cricket Council to switch the 13 February clash from Harare to South Africa.

He believes the news that the US State Department have advised Americans to consider leaving Zimbabwe will give the ICC little option. …

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