They are known the world over as legends of cricket but for Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the sport is all about spreading love, promoting harmony and a whole lot of fun.
The three cricketers recently announced the return of Murali Harmony Cup - a tournament started last year to promote cricket's development in schools in major hubs as well as far-flung places in the country.
This year, former Aussie cricketer Ian Botham was also present during the opening ceremony of the schoolboy tournament.
Started in 2012, the tournament is a platform for schoolchildren to share their passion for the sport as well as interact with other kids from lesser privileged areas of the island nation.
Twelve U19 boy's teams and eight U23 ladies's club teams will compete against each other in the northern towns of Jaffna, Oddusuddan, Mankulam, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya.
The five-day tournament is mainly organised by Muralitharan's charity - The Foundation of Goodness. Former skipper Jayawardene (in pic) is also one of the trustees of the charitable institution.
“Last year the tournament unearthed three exceptional cricketers from the north who are now playing with leading First Class clubs and this year too I am confident we'll see some really talented cricketers,” Jayawardene (center) was quoted as saying at the inauguration ceremony recently.
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