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19 May 2024

Sri Lanka Cricket to stage 'black tie' event at Atlantis

Muttiah Muralitharan helps inaugurate cricket facilities in Kilinochchi in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), together with its own committee in the UAE, has organised an official dinner to raise funds for infrastructure development of school cricket in rural areas in Sri Lanka, according to a press release issued in Dubai.

The event will be held on Tuesday 14 January 2014 at the Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, starting at 7.30pm and cricket fans across the UAE are invited to come and support it.

Further details of admission are available by calling +971 504502173 and +971 553414555 and corporate tables are also available, with the cost of tables including the free display of a company roll-up banner.

This is an opportunity to meet and greet the Sri Lankan cricketers in Dubai – the squad that most recently beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the second Test at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

While most people only get the chance to watch the players on television, this is a chance to get close to them, take photographs and collect autographs.
There will be autograph bats and t-shirts available at nominal prices. It is an occasion to help Sri Lankans who battled a 30-year war to rebuild the love for cricket in the north and east of the country.

The Secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga said: “Spreading the game throughout our beautiful country is something that is absolutely vital to the long-term health of cricket in Sri Lanka and this initiative is designed to help us do exactly that.

“The funds raised from this event in Dubai will allow Sri Lanka Cricket to provide facilities for youngsters to learn the skills involved in playing the game so that they can emulate the current stars of our national team and create a foundation for the well-being of the sport in Sri Lanka well into the future.”