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Smith donates his MoM to the young cancer sufferers
Published :Thursday, 14 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 40
Mumbai, Jan 13:  Had Team India won the first ODI against Australia at Perth on Tuesday, Rohit Sharma would have been the Man of the Match. However, Sharma's family and fans in India would have not been able to witness the prize ceremony.
"I have just been notified that there was a post game presentation but in Perth it was cut off for the news so it wasn't aired", Ms. Lucy Leeder, the Office Administrator, Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), speaking exclusively over telephone from Perth, confirmed. "Only Channel 9 can answer (why it was not aired in India) as they broadcasted the match", she added.
Nobody at Channel Nine could confirm whether there would be a live telecast of the presentation at the other venues.
The Australian captain Steven Smith won the MoM for scoring 149 runs (22 runs less than Sharma).
"There was a presentation in Australia although it was done quickly immediately after the game. They (commentators) interviewed Dhoni and then Steven (Smith) and presented him the money (cheque)", Smith's father, Peter Smith, informing exclusively for the benefit of the followers in India, said.
"The MoM award generally goes to the person who has the greatest influence on winning the game. In this match Australia won. So Steve was awarded the MoM".
"The captain donated it to the Sony Foundation, who raise money for teens with cancer", the father added. 
"Steven is an ambassador for the Sony Foundation raising money for young adults with cancer. Generally there are facilities for older people or young children with cancer but the young adults do not have their own facilities".
"Steven had a friend die of lukemia at his teenage so it is something important for him. When he was in the UK as an 18 year old he also assisted friends with a fund raising event for young", the senior Smith added.
Incidentally, we contacted senior Smith when he was cooking meat etc. outside on a gas fire. "At present we are at a beach cooking lamb, fish, Kangaroo mushrooms and corn and eating with salad", he concluded.

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