Botham to raise funds for tsunami-hit areas in Lanka

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo:Former England skipper Ian Botham is to visit Sri Lanka's tsunami-hit southern region as part of efforts to raise money for survivors, officials said.

Botham will Wednesday visit the Galle International Cricket Stadium, 115 kilometres (72 miles) south of Colombo, as well as villages ravaged by the December 26 tsunamis that claimed nearly 31,000 lives in the island.

Organiser Kushil Gunasekara said Botham was visiting the island as an Ambassador for a British charity helping tsunami victims and in Sri Lanka he will be hosted by star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Australia's Shane Warne travelled to the south of the island in February.

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