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Bollywood stars to take on Sri Lankan cricketers

Last updated on: May 31, 2010 13:06 IST

Image: Hrithik Roshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Suniel Shetty
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has initiated a charity project to provide rehabilitation measures for the Tamil population of Sri Lanka that suffered due to a decades-old war between the country's defence forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

As part of the charity project, a cricket match will be played between Bollywood stars and Sri Lankan cricketers.

There will be three teams and their captains are Sunil Shetty, Hrithik Roshan and Kumar Sangakkara.

Bollywood stars to take on Sri Lankan cricketers

Image: Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan

The match referees of these cricket ties would be film stars Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu.

"IIFA is important for the film industry. It is the only award function, which showcases India internationally. It gives India a platform for bilateral ties and relationship building with other countries," said Sunil Shetty.

Bollywood stars to take on Sri Lankan cricketers

Image: Sophie Choudhry, Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jaisurya
"This match is a unique thing. With this charity match we are going to build 100 houses for the internally displaced people in Sri Lanka. This is the best thing IIFA has decided with the Sri Lankan team," said Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer.

Bollywood stars to take on Sri Lankan cricketers

Image: Jacqueline Fernandez and Vivek Oberoi
All three teams captains unveiled T-shirts of their respective sides on the occasion.

Bollywood stars to take on Sri Lankan cricketers

Image: Salim and Sulaiman Merchant

Musical brothers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant were also spotted at the event.

 

Source: ANI