Sumathipala says no dinner dance with Sri Lankan cricket team this summer



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By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London


There will be no dinner dance with the Sri Lankan cricket team this summer, President of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said.


In an interview with The Sunday Island on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Mid-Year Executive Committee Meetings in London, he said that instead of a dinner dance, there will be a dinner organized at Lords Long Room for a charity event.


He said that for the first time in Sri Lanka cricket’s history, he was able to secure the Long Room at Lords for this charity event. "We have a Charity Arm in the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. We will have this dinner on Saturday, June 4 and tickets will available for sale soon".


Sumathipala said the money raised at this dinner will be donated towards helping patients suffering from Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka.


He said that he had a meeting with Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner, Sugeeshwara Gunaratne, Sri Lanka Cricket Board Representative in the UK, Sarath Abeywardane and some other senior officials in the High Commission to discuss the impending Sri Lanka Cricket Tour to the country’s advantage.


"We have decided to have few activities at the Cricket Grounds when our team plays to promote mainly Sri Lanka Tourism", Sumathipala said.


The Sri Lanka Cricket team will arrive in London this week to play three test matches, five one day matches and one T20 match in England. They will also play two one day matches in Dublin, Ireland.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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