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Jayasuriya to lead the Sri Lanka Greats XI vs Team Sri Lanka

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya will lead the Greats XI, it is learnt here.

Jayasuriya to lead the Sri Lanka Greats XI vs Team Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is hosting a charity T20 match on May 4 between Sri Lanka Greats XI vs Team Sri Lanka to raise funds to fight Covid-19.

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Sri Lanka’s Legendary cricketers will now also be known as Greats, according to Prof. Arjuna de Silva, the chairman of the managing committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.

Speaking exclusively over the telephone from Colombo, he said, “Now the match between the former cricketers and the other players of the country will be known as Greats versus Team Sri Lanka.”

“The match will be played on May 4 as planned at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. We wanted to invite a few greats from Australia and other countries, where they are presently settled but the current COVID pandemic situation would not allow it.”

“We also had plans to open this match partially for the fans but it has now been decided to play without spectators.”

“This T20 match will be played for a noble cause. Team Sri Lanka, likely to be led by Dasun Shanaka will be a combination of a few national players and youngsters.”

The Greats team will have former players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Ferveez Maharoof, Upul Chandana, Upul Tharanga, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Kalusekera, Hashan Tilakratne etc.

Lasith Malinga is unlikely to participate in the match.

The night match, under floodlights will be shown live on Sony TV.

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