Sri Lanka to play charity match against World XI

It is understood that the charity match will be held at the R. Premadasa Stadium

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Sri Lanka will host a Twenty20 charity match between a Sri Lanka XI and World XI on September 8 in Colombo, with the proceeds going towards Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) charity, Cricket Aid.

SLC CEO Ashley de Silva confirmed that the World XI and Sri Lanka XI will comprise of players both past and present.

“All the funds raised through this event will go to Cricket Aid, not only to support the disaster affected children, plus there were a lot of areas that were affected by flood,” de Silva said. “In the recent past, some parts were also affected by drought. We have also been supporting our former cricketers and commentators who are in a financial crisis. There were some cricketers in the recent past who had cancer and we wanted to support them.”

With the International Cricket Council (ICC) having given the match the green light, it will be “telecast worldwide” via the Sony Network.

While De Silva did not delve into the details of the match, he did say that Indian players will participate in the event and added that every player will receive a “participating fee”.

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