Benefit year and international honour shortlist for Cook

Chelmsford Weekly News: Benefit year and international honour shortlist for Cook Benefit year and international honour shortlist for Cook

ALASTAIR Cook has been awarded a Benefit Year for 2014 by Essex County Cricket Club and also shortlisted for world cricketer of the year.

Throughout 2014, money will be raised at events and Essex matches with half going to the 28-year-old batsman after he retires from the game with the other portion being donated to four charities.

It was announced on Thursday the England captain would have the benefit year.

This was followed five days later by the news he had also been shortlisted for ICC Cricketer of the Year award.

Cook – who rose through the Club’s Academy system to now become one of the world’s leading opening batsmen and the England Test Captain - said he was delighted with the honour from his county.

He said: “I am honoured to be awarded a benefit year.

“I’m determined that the year will be fun and I also pledge to donate at least half of the money raised to the four chosen charities personal to me.

His charities are David Randall Foundation, Chance to Shine, Outreach Uganda and Mind.

Essex County Cricket Club chief executive, Derek Bowden said: “He is a player with immense talent and has proven to be one of the best cricketers Essex County Cricket Club has ever produced.

“He has always shown his admiration for Essex and is a role model for supporters of the Club at all ages.”

“I’m sure I can say on behalf of the club, members and supporters that we wish Alastair the best of luck for his benefit year,” he added.

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