The Sunday Leader

Kiwis Promote Cricket Ties In Sri Lanka

The Cricket Live Foundation is delighted to host visiting New Zealand Minister Nathan Guy and cricketing great Stephen Fleming at its facility at Moratuwa, Cricket Live founder Alex Reese says.

Reese runs the Cricket Live Foundation, an organisation operated in partnership with the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation. Sir Richard Hadlee, Patron of the Cricket Live Foundation is also involved in the initiative which aims to provide disadvantaged children an opportunity to learn life skills through cricket.

“Our kids have really enjoyed a private coaching session with Stephen Fleming, and appreciate the support of the New Zealand Government for what we and our supporters are doing in Sri Lanka.

“Currently we have three Cricket Education Centres in Sri Lanka and we are extremely privileged to work with the MJF Foundation. Coaches and teaches from New Zealand are responsible for educating a large pool of local Sri Lankan coaches, who in turn, are responsible for running our initiative,” says Reese.

“New Zealand and Sri Lanka share a passion for cricket; and it has been a pleasure to see the New Zealand and Sri Lanka cricket connection in action today at De Soysa Stadium in Moratuwa,” said Fleming.

Minister Guy and Fleming are visiting Sri Lanka this week to promote the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. New Zealand is co-hosting the World Cup and Stephen Fleming is accompanying Minister Guy in his role as the NZ Champion ahead of the 2015 tournament.

Sri Lanka will play New Zealand in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Christchurch on 14 February.

The Cricket Live initiative is strengthened by five core values; respect to family and friends, nutrition and healthy living, self-discipline, team work and, punctuality and time management. The project which commenced in January 2014 with a cricket coaching clinic continues with quarterly reviews and bi-annual educational and practical training sessions conducted by coaches and former cricketers from New Zealand and a select panel from India and Sri Lanka.

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