The Big Appeal | Cricket Australia

The Big Appeal

The support we’ve had from the Australian cricket community, partners and from people around the world for The Big Appeal has been amazing.

Thank you #BigAppeal 

Thanks to your incredible generosity,  we’ve together raised close to $8 million during the summer of cricket, to help Australian communities and families who have been affected by the recent bushfires in Australia.

(From L-R) Members from our Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI Bushfire Bash cricket match with emergency service workers. Source: Getty Images. 

Money raised

  • At this current time $7,977,328 has been raised through Big Appeal fundraising initiatives 

  • More than $3 million has been donated from our corporate partners and fundraising initiatives across the rebel WBBL, Domain Boxing Day Test, Domain Pink Test, KFC BBL sides and all matches in The Big Appeal. These proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Relief Fund. 

  • More than $800,000 will be donated to other Bushfire Relief initiatives, including the Salvation Army, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, and the South Australian Government Emergency Relief Fund.

  • $4 million will be donated to the Community Bushfire Recovery Fund, established to support the many cricket clubs and cricket communities impacted by 2019/20 bushfire emergency re-establish their clubs and get back on their feet. Funds were contributed via:

A message from our CEO Kevin Roberts 

"On behalf of Australian Cricket, I’d like to thank everyone who was involved The Big Appeal, our major fundraising initiative to support Australians impacted by the bushfire emergency."

"We are proud of the response from the cricket community and broader sport industry, coming together to support Australians in their time of need, and we are very grateful for the incredible contributions made by so many to this worthy cause."

"While the Bushfire Bash was centred around cricket – four matches at two venues across one weekend – our game was just the conduit for a much greater message. The festive atmosphere and community spirit at each event reflected the very best of the Australian cricket community and we hope the funds raised and memories made will have lasting effects."

"Players and employees across Cricket Australia, the States and Territories and the ACA will also have the opportunity to contribute more than 4,000 work days to supporting the rebuilding of communities this year."

"We couldn’t have achieved such an outcome without the commitment of supporters like you, people and organisations we knew we could depend on and value so much."

"Thank you."

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts (centre) pictured with Ricky Ponting (left) and Adam Gilchrist (right). Source: Getty Images. 

Thanks to our amazing partners!

We know it takes an army of people to raise this much money and we’d like to thank the following people, organisations and partners for giving their time and services, and for raising much needed funds through various fundraising efforts during the summer of cricket. 

Major Broadcast Partners

  • Channel 7
  • Foxtel
  • ABC Radio

International Broadcast Rights Partners

  • BT Sports
  • Sony
  • Sky NZ
  • ATN
  • Sportsmax
  • Flow Sports
  • Fiji TV
  • Willow

Event Delivery Partners

  • Kojo
  • TLA
  • MKTG
  • MCG
  • SCG
  • Cricket Victoria/Junction Oval 

Former international cricket superstars Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Ricky Ponting (right). Source: Getty Images. 

Tier 1 - Partners 

A big thank you to some of our incredible corporate partners, who support our vision to be a sport for all Australians and who each donated large amounts of money and undertook fundraising efforts to help us reach almost $8 million for fire affected communities. 

  • Commbank - with special thanks also to Shane Warne for the donation of his Baggy Green 

  • Alinta Energy

  • KFC  

  • Bet365

  • Marsh

  • MasterCard

  • Qantas 

  • XXXX Gold

  • Toyota

  • Woolworths

  • BKT Tyres


Shane Warne's baggy green was purchased by Commbank for over $1 million, with all proceeds going towards the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Source: Getty Images.

Tier 2 -Suppliers

  • Kookaburra

  • Masuri

  • Ticketek 

  • Gatorade

  • Asics

  • Blood United

Individual player pledges 

Throughout the summer of cricket a number of our international and BBL/WBBL stars made individual pledges to support bushfire affected communities doing it tough. We'd like to thank them for their fantastic initiative and generosity. 

Team Ponting XI

Thanks to the sporting stars and personalities who travelled from all over the world and across Australia to take part in our Bushfire Bash at Junctional Oval. 

  • Matthew Hayden
  • Justin Langer
  • Ricky Ponting (c)
  • Elyse Villani
  • Brian Lara
  • Phoebe Litchfield
  • Brad Haddin (wk)
  • Brett Lee
  • Wasim Akram
  • Dan Christian
  • Luke Hodge
  • Coach: Sachin Tendulkar

Team Gilchrist XI

  • Adam Gilchrist (c & wk)
  • Shane Watson
  • Brad Hodge
  • Yuvraj Singh
  • Alex Blackwell
  • Andrew Symonds
  • Courtney Walsh
  • Nick Riewoldt
  • Peter Siddle
  • Fawad Ahmed
  • Cameron Smith
  • Coach: Tim Paine

Members from our Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI teams, match officials, as well as SES and CFA volunteers. Source: Getty Images. 

State Cricket Associations

Thanks also to our our state cricket associations for their support and fundraising efforts. 

  • Cricket ACT
  • Cricket NSW
  • Cricket NT
  • Cricket Tasmania 
  • Cricket Victoria
  • Queensland Cricket 
  • South Australian Cricket Association
  • Western Australian Cricket Association

How you can still get involved

Although the Big Appeal is over you can still help bushfire affected communities by donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund