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Pakistan ODI proceeds to aid Peshawar massacre victims

By Simon Johnson

All proceeds from the fourth one-day international between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi yesterday, which the Kiwis won by seven runs, will be donated to those affected by the Peshawar school massacre, the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for opening fire on the Army Public School in the city on Tuesday, which resulted in the death of at least 130 people, most of them students, and also left scores injured.

"We tried our best to postpone but were constrained by the broadcasting commitment as well as for cricketing reasons advised by New Zealand management," said a PCB spokesman.

Pakistan have been playing their 'home' matches in the Middle East since the Lahore terrorist attacks of 2009 forced them from their home country.

"We are playing outside Pakistan only because of the threat of terrorism at home," the spokesman added.

"If we allow terrorists to disrupt our matches abroad, then all will be lost. So we have decided to go ahead with the match and our players will wear black armbands in grief and observe a minute's silence and flags will be lowered.

"The PCB will donate proceeds to the families of the martyred and towards rebuilding the school."

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