As a part of the Community outreach program, the Embassy of Sri Lanka to Lebanon and Syria, together with the St. Joseph Cricket club, Achrafieh organized a six a side softball cricket tournament for the Sri Lanka Ambassador's Cup at The Lord’s of Lebanon, Tabaris University St. Joseph Campus, Achrafieh on 18th and 25th September 2022.
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Lebanon & Syria, Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne was the chief guest at the cricket tournament on both days while the other Ambassadors which included Ambassador of Philippines, Raymond R. Balatbat , Ambassador of United Kingdom Hamish Cowel, Ambassador of Bangladesh Maj. Gen. Md Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman and Ambassador of India Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan were guests of honour at the opening ceremony. The Deputy Chief of Mission of Australia deputized for the Ambassador and played for her team while the Deputy Chief of Mission of Pakistan attended.
Thirty teams consisting of Al Sama Foundation for Palestine and Syrian Refugees, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Bangladesh, Embassy of India, Embassy of Pakistan, Embassy of Sri Lanka and Embassy of the United Kingdom, UNIFIL Peace Keepers competed in the tournament along with UNIFIL Sri Lanka (A), UNIFIL Sri Lanka (B), UNIFIL India(A), UNIFIL India (B), Al Sama Foundation (A), Al Sama Foundation (B), Al Sama Foundation (C), Al Sama Foundation (D), Machan (1), Machan (2), St Joseph (1), St Joseph (2), St Joseph (3), Noname (1), Noname (2), Bangla Tigers, Titash Bangla, Bangladesh Brothers, Rathnadeepa (Sri Lanka), United People Society (Sri Lanka) St.George, Wasi Dora, Indians Tripoli, Hamra C, Hazmeih 6, Sri Lanka Embassy women’s Team, St Joseph women’s Team and United People Society Women’s Team.
The semi finals and the finals were played on the 25th September 2022 amidst a large number of spectators.
The tournament was also attended by the diplomatic staff of all the Embassies. Islam Nasur of the Sri Lanka Hamra No Name team won the Man of the Match and the Bowler of the Series while India’s UNIFIL Binod Bereta won the Best Batsman.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
28 September, 2022