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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Botham helps Muralitharan charity
Ian Botham and Muttiah Muralitharan
Former England Test star Botham (left) is no stranger to charity work

England Test legend Ian Botham will visit Sri Lanka to help a charity started by Muthiah Muralitharan aimed at raising funds for tsunami survivors.

Botham will travel on Wednesday to the southern town of Galle, and to the site of the cricket stadium which was destroyed by the 26 December tsunami.

"Botham will also meet and talk with people connected with cricket," a spokesman for star spinner Murali said.

"He will be visiting two villages affected by the tsunami."

Botham, 49, was one of the finest all-arounders to play international cricket, scoring 5,200 runs and taking 383 wickets in 102 Test matches.

He is also renowned for his charity work, having undertaken numerous long-distance walks to raise money for causes such as leukaemia research and children's hospitals.

In February, Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne visited Galle and promised help through his charity, the Shane Warne Foundation.

Warne, Test cricket's leading wicket-taker ahead of Murali, captured his 500th scalp in Galle when Australia toured Sri Lanka in 2004.


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