INTRODUCTION: The Murali Cup is an initiative of the Foundation of Goodness (FOG), a grassroots charity championed by the great Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. The simple idea is to bring together young cricketers from different backgrounds to foster cross-cultural friendships and harmony as well as develop cricket skills. The tournament was started in 2011 with an eight-team schools tournament in Seenigama on Sri Lanka’s beautiful south-west coast. Then in 2012 we staged a special reconciliation tournament with the assistance of the International Cricket Council in the previously war-torn northern province with a total of 20 local teams. In 2013 we will be returning to Seenigama for another 8-team tournament with the proposed participation of five overseas schools and three invited local teams. The tournament is to be staged between 10-19 July.
As well as this tournament providing a unique experience for the children who participate, it is also designed as a fundraising tool to help with the FOG’s ambitious sports development work in the North and East of Sri Lanka. In this regard it is hoped that participating teams will help raise funds through fundraising before the tournament in their home communities.
TOURNAMENT PACKAGE: This tour package assumes a touring group of 15-man playing squad (in 5 triple rooms) and 2 support staff (in 1 twin room) for a 9 night tour. Please note the package includes three-star accommodation, transport in an airconditioned coach, a full-time liaison officer, all the cricket and tournament logistical costs including venue hire, umpires, scorers, match day lunches and water, as well as a contribution towards local team costs which we have to support.
The tournament cost does not include flights but assistance can be provided if required.
A 20% tour deposit is required upon confirmation with the final balance payable six weeks prior to the tournament’s commencement.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: Matches are 40 overs per side, played with a white ball and official tournament coloured playing kit (provided). The tournament includes three local teams who are sponsored: a Seenigama Foundation of Goodness Academy side, a combined team from the north and a third school invited by the Mahela Jayawardene Foundation.
The eight teams are split into two pools of four teams playing matches in four different venues. Each team players three group matches with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals and the two bottom-placed teams entering a plate competition. Each team will therefore play five matches.For more information on the tournament including photographs and video footage of the inaugural 2011 edition, please visit our tournament website – www.themuralicup.com
10 – 19 July Citrus, Hikkaduwa – 9 nights on Half Board (HB – breakfast & dinner) basis
5 Superior A/C Triple Rooms
1 Superior A/C Twin Room
+ 1 Standard room for tour assistant staff
TRANSFERS AND ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Day 01 – Wed 10th July Arrive at Colombo International Airport
You are met by a tournament representative and transferred 2 hours south to Citrus Hotel in Hikkaduwa. After lunch (own arrangement) an optional 2 hour practice session for the squad at FoG facilities
Day 02 – Thu 11th July Free Day………………………………Optional 2 hour practice session for the squad at FOG facilities…….In the afternoon, take a short guided tour around the Seenigama village and learn what the Foundation of Goodness project is all about
Day 03 – Fri 12th July MATCH 1 – Pool Match
Day 04 – Sat 13th July MATCH 2 – Pool Match
Day 05 – Sun 14th July COMMUNITY DAY with evening seminar
10am – 12pm – Community work & Activities
12pm – 2pm – Traditional Sri Lankan buffet lunch (provided)
2pm – 5pm – Community work & Activities
6pm – 7:30pm – evening cricket seminar with Foundation of Goodness founder Kushil Gunasekara and former MCC Chief Executive & Secretary Roger Knight is held in Refresh Hotel conference room
Day 06 – Mon 15th July MATCH 3 – Pool Match
After today’s matches, teams qualify through to the Cup and Plate competitions. Spend the evening at leisure
Day 07 – Tue 16th July MATCH 4 – Semi-finals day in the Cup and plate competitions.
Day 08 – Wed 17th July MASTERCLASS DAY with evening seminar
10am – 10:50am – Batting Masterclass at Sri Sumangala Indoor Facility
11pm – 11:50am – Fielding (+wicket-keeping) Masterclass at Sri Sumangala Ground
12pm – 2pm – Lunch (own arrangement)
2pm – 2:50pm – Batting Masterclass at Seenigama Oval Outdoor nets
3pm – 3:50pm – Bowling Masterclass on Seenigama Oval
6pm – 7:30pm – evening cricket seminar with famous faces of Sri Lanka cricket chaired by Roger Knight is held in Refresh Hotel conference room
Day 09 – Thu 18th July MATCH 5 – Murali Cup and Murali Plate Finals and play-off day
After the matches, after dinner tournament presentation gala and end of tournament ceremony at Refresh conference room
Day 10 – Fri 19th July Check out of Citrus and depart for Colombo International airport in good time for your departure flight back home.
VENUES Selected from* –
Surrey Village Maggona (turf wicket)
Sri Wimala Buddhi College Seenigama Oval Seenigama (artificial wicket)
Sri Sumangala College Lords MCC Ground Hikkaduwa (artificial wicket)
Panadura Sports Club Panadura (turf wicket)
*Please note that match venues are subject to availability and will be confirmed only after inspection prior to the tournament and once the domestic first-class fixtures are confirmed
Minimum of 17 paying pax
TOTAL TOUR COST: US$ 19,200
PER PERSON COST: US$ 1280 per person (based on 15 playing pax)
- 9 night’s accommodation at Citrus on HB basis
- Air conditioned coach transfers for the full tour including arrival, departure & match transfers
- Tournament entry fee
- Ground fees for 5 matches, umpires fees, venue hire, scorers fees, coaching fees, white match balls
- Playing kit for each player included specially tailored coloured trousers, shirts and caps (2 sets per player)
- Sri Lankan Buffet lunches on match days
- 4 Litres of Water per squad player on match days (only)
- Support staff including a cricket liaison officer for the duration of the tournament
- Expenses of personal nature
- Lunch during the non-playing days
- Tipping & baggage handling