Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) formally announced Thursday that a Charity game has been organized between Sri Lanka Greats XI and Team Sri Lanka, which will be played on the 04th May 2021 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The funds raised out of the proposed T20 game will be directed to help Sri Lanka’s response towards fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sri Lanka Greats XI will comprise former legendary Sri Lankan cricketers, including the players from the team, which won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. The ‘Team Sri Lanka’ will comprise players representing the National, Emerging, and Development Squads of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The T20 game will commence at 7 pm and will be shown live, both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
It is understood that the match had been mooted ever since the Sri Lanka Legends team, which came runners-up in last month’s Road Safety World Series, had proved incredibly popular among Sri Lanka’s cricket-viewing public.
While the former stars set to turn out for the Legends’ team are yet to be confirmed, it is likely that Aravinda de Silva, who currently heads a sports ministry-appointed technical advisory committee at SLC, might play a part. However, neither Kumar Sangakkara nor Mahela Jayawardene will be available due to commitments with the cash-rich IPL.