Ian Botham, Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev to walk for charity in Sri Lanka

Ian Botham will participate in a 20-mile walk to raise funds for a charity for disadvantaged children © Getty Images

Colombo: Aug 15, 2013

Ex-England legend Ian Botham is set to participate in a charity walk in Sri Lanka later this year in November to raise funds for disadvantaged children.

Addressing reporters in Colombo on Thursday, Botham said between November 1 and 8 he will walk from the northern town of Kilinochchi to Hambantota in the deep south through local towns and villages to raise funds so that disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka and around the world have access to vital sports activities.

“I will be doing 20 miles a day in the heat and humidity of Sri Lanka”, Botham said.

Botham is to join in the walk by West Indies legend Brian Lara, the India’s Saurav Ganguly and Kapil Dev, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan stars.

The legendary all rounder would also visit schools and sports projects along the route of over 500 kilometres.

The funds raised from the walk would support over 100 projects in 34 countries and aim to help the poorest children.

Botham during his illustrious England career made just a solitary appearance in Sri Lanka. The occasion was Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test back in February 1982.