Head to the lively beach resort of Hikkaduwa on Sri Lanka's south-west coast. The first day offers a splendid chance to see one of Sri Lanka's finest charities, with cricket at its core. The Foundation of Goodness is based in the village of Seenigama just a few kilometres north of Hikkaduwa. This village was destroyed as a result of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and redeveloped by the Foundation of Goodness charity, with the help of Surrey and MCC among others.
MATCH 4 at the Seenigama Oval is set in the school grounds. The wicket is a well-kept artificial one, with a well-tended outfield. As a part of the Foundation of Goodness programme, the cricketers will be interacting, learning and helping out the local village community in various capacities, giving a memorable insight into island life. By evening, head back to Hikkaduwa and enjoy the beaches and the laid back lifestyle of this coastal town.
MATCH 5 is at the Galle International Stadium with the 17C Dutch Fort looming large as a spectacular backdrop to this revamped international venue. This famous old ground was rebuilt after the tsunami, and received an outpouring of support and affection that confirmed it as one of the most loved venues in the world. Unsurprisingly, ground rental charges have risen to meet a challenging future – you may prefer to cut costs by playing your final game in Colombo instead - but the game has an undeniable resonance. On day 15, head up the motorway and your flight home from Colombo’s international airport.