By Staff Writers | October 31, 2013
English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham will open the Murali Cup 2013 in Kilinochchi on Friday before embarking on a gruelling eight-day walk across Sri Lanka to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Botham will be joined by former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene for the opening ceremony at Kilinochchi Central College before a 30km walk south to Mankulam.
In a strange twist of fate, the opening game of the tournament will be between Kilinochchi Combined Schools and Cricket Seenigama, Botham’s final destination on November 8.
The Murali Harmony Cup is a 20-team reconciliation cricket tournament staged to promote unity, goodwill, teamwork, the spirit of fair play, and more importantly, a service to disadvantaged rural communities in post-war Sri Lanka.
The tournament has been jointly organised by former Sri Lanka cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan’s charity the Foundation of Goodness, travel company Red Dot Tours and the Sri Lanka Army.
The five-day event featuring under-19 schoolboys and under-23 women cricketers will be played at five grounds across northern Sri Lanka in the towns of Jaffna, Oddusuddan, Mankulam, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya from November 1-5.
Opening day fixtures:
Group A Ladies – Mankulam
Eastern Province Ladies v Colts Ladies
Seenigama Ladies v Nittambuwa Ladies
Group B Ladies – Vavuniya
Northern Province Ladies v Shakthi Ladies
Army Ladies v North Central Province L
Group C Boys – Jaffna
Jaffna Combined v St Peter’s College
Mannar/Vavuniya Combined v Anuradhapura Central College
Group D Boys – Oddusudan
Mullaitivu Combined v Dharmasoka College
Uva Province v St Sebastian’s College
Group E Boys – Kilinochchi
Kilinochchi Combined v Cricket Seenigama
Batti/Trinco Combined v Trinity College
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