Murali Cup unearths talent from Sri Lanka's battle-scarred north
By Staff Writers | October 25, 2013
Three Sri Lankan cricket greats show their support for the Murali Harmony Cup 2013. © Azad Gyi / Island Cricket
Speaking at the media launch for the second edition of the Murali Harmony Cup, a 20-team reconciliation schools cricket tournament to promote community-building and friendship in post-war Sri Lanka, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene told the gathering at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo last evening that the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2012 helped unearth "three exceptional cricketers from the north."
Jayawardene said that he was confident in unearthing more talent from Sri Lanka's north and east — two provinces that bore the brunt of the island's 30-year war between the government and the Tamil Tigers.
"Last year, the tournament unearthed three exceptional cricketers from the north who are now playing with leading first-class clubs, and this year too I am confident we'll see some really talented cricketers," Jayawardene said.
The five-day tournament has been jointly organised by Muttiah Muralitharan's charity the Foundation of Goodness and travel company Red Dot Tours, with the support of the Sri Lanka Army and main sponsors Fortune Oil, MAS, Kia Motors, Aquafresh, Ministry of Crab and Sri Lanka Insurance.
[ Photos: Murali Cup 2013 media launch ]
Also present with Jayawardene to announce the launch of this year's tournament, which runs from November 1–5 across five venues in the towns of Jaffna, Oddusuddan, Mankulam, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya, were Kumar Sangakkara and Muralitharan.
"This is a unique tournament that brings together Sri Lankan kids from different backgrounds to share their joy of cricket together," Muralitharan said.
"The tournament was very popular last year with big crowds, lots of fun and friendship, and everyone wanted it to continue so we decided we had to somehow make it happen again."
The tournament will follow the same format as the inaugural event, with 12 under-19 boys' teams and eight under-23 ladies’ club teams competing against each other.
The tournament also includes combined school teams from Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar-Vavuniya and Batticaloa-Trincomalee to provide a unique opportunity for young cricketers from the north and east to play in an organised event.
Jaffna - Group C at St Patrick's College (Boys)
1. Jaffna Combined Schools
2. Mannar / Vavuniya Combined Schools
3. St Peter's College - Colombo
4. Anuradhapura Central College
Kilinochchi - Group E at Central College Grounds (Boys)
1. Kilinochchi Combined Schools
2. Batticaloa / Trinco Combined Schools
3. Trinity College - Kandy
4. Cricket Seenigama
Oddusuddan - Group D at IODR Oval (Boys)
1. Mullaitivu Combined Team
2. Richmond College - Galle
3. St Sebastian's College - Katuneriya
4. Uva Province Combined Schools
Mankulam - Group A at Mankulam MV Grounds (Ladies)
1. Seenigama Ladies
2. Colombo Colts Ladies
3. Nittambuwa Ladies
4. Eastern Province Ladies
Vavuniya - Group B at Vavuniya Central College (Ladies)
1. North Province Ladies
2. Shakthi Ladies
3. Army Ladies
4. North Central Province Ladies
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