India-Australia T20I in Sydney will turn pink to support McGrath Foundation

Sydney: The third and final match of the upcoming Twenty20 series between India and Australia will turn pink to support the McGrath Foundation after rain washed out a large part of the annual Pink Test in Sydney.

The McGrath Foundation set a fund-raising total of $380,000 for the Sydney Pink Test between Australia and the West Indies -- enough to fund one McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse for three years -- but due to rain fund-raising fell short of the target.

File photo of MS Dhoni and Steve Smith. AFP

File photo of MS Dhoni and Steve Smith. AFP

"The Foundation's biggest fund-raising day, Jane McGrath Day (named after McGrath's late wife) -- day three of the Test -- was hit particularly hard by the rain, leading to the least-attended Jane McGrath Day since its inception in 2009," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

The Twenty20 series between will start on 26 January in Adelaide.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the Pink Test had a goal to raise $380,000 for the McGrath Foundation but the weather prevented it from reaching the total.

"Despite the constant rain, the cricket community still showed strong support during the Pink Test, helping raise more than $250,000," he said.

"While we can't control the weather, we do have other international matches ahead, and the third KFC T20 International at the SCG on 31 January will be used to raise important funds and awareness for the McGrath Foundation," he added.

"The match is close to a sell-out, giving thousands of cricket fans the chance to again support this important cause by wearing pink."

The 31 January match marks the return of T20 Internationals to the SCG.

Fans will be encouraged to again wear pink to bath the ground in pink as it would have been on day three of the Test.


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Updated Date: Jan 18, 2016 11:56:16 IST

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