Sri Lanka offers special packages for Indian cricket fans

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Mumbai, Jun 16 (UNI) Cricket-crazy Indian fans will have the opportunity of a lifetime this summer, as Sri Lanka offers some bargain holiday packages to witness Sachin Tendulkar break Brian Lara's world record for all-time runs scored in Test matches.

Sachin is a mere 171 runs behind Lara's aggregate of 11,953 runs and is expected to set the new mark during India's 3-Test series in Sri Lanka in July/August 2008.

Speaking at a press conference here today, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Dilip Mudadeniya said the island nation, where cricket is a national passion, is planning to celebrate Sachin's record with a carnival of gala events and is inviting Indian cricket fans to join in.

SriLankan Airlines has joined hands with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau for the occasion, he said.

''The special packages start from as little as Rs 18,099 per person for two nights and three days in Colombo to five nights and six days in Galle, and 15 nights and 16 days for die-hard fans for the entire tour,'' Mr Mudadeniya said.

Five of Sri Lanka's cricket legends-- Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and veterans Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva have joined in the effort as the Country's Ambassadors to promote the tour among Indian fans and all of them were at the press conference.

''It will be an honour to see Sachin set the new world record in Sri Lanka and we want our Indian friends to join in the joy of this historic event, for which we have planned many special programmes to mark the occasion,'' he said.

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