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Emirates flies Sangakkara and Sri Lanka Unity Team to Singapore

Emirates, the international airline which serves Sri Lanka with 28 weekly flights, today welcomed Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara and a team of aspiring young cricketers on board its flight to Singapore.

Emirates, an Official Partner of the ICC, is sponsoring the flights of the Unity Team, a select side made up of the best performers in the recent Murali Harmony Cup, a tournament - also supported by Emirates.


Unity Team, a select side made up of the best performers in the recent Murali Harmony Cup with Kumar Sangakkara which is touring Singapore

The Unity Team departed on Friday, 12th October, for a four-day tour of Singapore that includes two exhibition cricket matches against Singapore Cricket Club and sight-seeing trips around the Lion City. Sangakkara is the under-19 team’s head coach and is being supported by spin icon Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be joining up with the group in Singapore.

“These young players have a wonderful spirit and their passion for the game and desire to learn is fantastic to see,” said Sangakkara. “I am looking forward to sharing in their excitement and spending time with them on the training field. It is great to see Emirates support community initiatives like this which will live long in the memory of the players.”

Jason Buultjens, captain of the Unity Team and the Murali Cup Player of the Tournament, is also excited about the trip. “An opportunity to play overseas is something that every player dreams of, and the team is very grateful to Emirates for making it possible. I am sure this trip will be an incredible experience for all the players involved.”

A tournament dedicated to promoting peace and understanding in Sri Lanka by bringing together talented youth from across the island, the Murali Harmony Cup was conducted from 8th to 12th September in the build up to the ICC World Twenty20 and was won by St Peter’s College Under-19s and Sri Lanka Army’s Under-23 Ladies.

Besides the two exhibition matches on 13th and 14th October, the members of the team are scheduled to visit Universal Studios as part of their itinerary. The team returns to Sri Lanka on 16th October.

“Emirates is committed to the development of cricket at a grassroots level and is proud to sponsoring the Unity Team’s tour of Singapore,” said Chandana de Silva, Emirates Area Manager for Sri Lanka & Maldives. “Spending time with players like Sangakkara and Muralitharan can have an incredible impact on young players and hopefully it will help inspire them to become the best player they can be, which can only be good for the future of the game in Sri Lanka.”

Although there is no more ICC World Twenty20 live action, cricket fans can still stay involved with the event, by visiting www.emiratesfancam.com/wt20 for a 360 degree, 20,000 megapixel image of the stadium and locating the Emirates cabin crew members to be in with a chance of winning a signed bat from the team of their choice.

Spectators who were at the match, can zoom in to locate themselves and share the view with their friends on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.

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