MUMBAI: IIFA 2010, will host a special charity cricket spectacular as part of the Videocon IIFA Weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Cricket for Children event, the IIFA Foundation Celebrity Cricket Match, will be played between India’s cinema stars like: Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Suneil Shetty, Riteish Deshmukh among others and Sri Lankan cricketers.
Forming the Sri Lankan Cricket side are Sri Lankan cricketers, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumara Sangakkara and Jayawardena, among many others. The Indian contingent prepared to put up the fight for charity include superstars, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Suneil Shetty, Riteish Deshmukh and many more.
Muralitharan said, “Playing the greats of the Indian cricketing world has always been special to me. The IIFA Foundation Celebrity Cricket Match is indeed a unique opportunity to make friends with the greats of the Indian Cinema fraternity and see how they compare. I hope our countrymen will root for the cause, supporting the initiative of ‘Cricket for Children’, in the spirit of the game.”
Adding a bit of glamour to the cricketing preceding, the IIFA Foundation Celebrity Cricket Match official toss will be done at the hands of Bipasha Basu and Sanjay Dutt.
Through the efforts of IIFA, UNICEF and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, contributions in lieu of financial resources are being made to the Cricket for Children project where former child-soldiers and other vulnerable children are being rehabilitated. Through this initiative children are being trained as Cricket Peer Leaders and will be given a chance to participate in the celebrity cricket match.
The Videocon IIFA Awards will be held from the 3rd to the 5th of June, 2010.