Lankan cricketers - a big draw in Canberra
CRICKET RECEPTION: Sri Lankans living in Canberra, turned up
in their numbers to greet the Sri Lankan cricketers when the Sri Lankan
Community laid out a lavish welcome ceremony at the Thoroughbred Park
and Convention Centre.
Sri Lanka’s ‘livewire’ in cricket organisation in Australia -
Dr. Quintus de Zylva (right) lights the traditional oil lamp,
watched by Sri Lanka team manager Sriyan Samararatne, High
Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canberra - Kusum Balapatabendi and
Sri Lankan Vice-captain, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah
The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Australia Mr. Kusum
Balapatabendi was present to give the occasion the much needed
importance and there was also that indefatigable cricketing personality
Dr. Quintus de Zylva who is a 'liver wire' for any function dealing with
An added attraction was that ever popular pop singer Alston Koch to
give the much needed punch with timely songs that included the 'Murali
hit song written by him in tribute to Muralitharan - the World Record
holder in bowling and Alston Koch really kept the evening alive with
live rendition of that hit song.
After the preliminaries, like the lighting of the traditional oil
lamp by High Commissioner Kusum Balapatabendi, Sri Lankan Cricketers
skipper - Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Dr.
Quintus de Zylva and pop singer - Alston Koch, the evening was set for
enjoyment by the cricketers. Speaking to the large gathering, High
Commissioner Kusum Balapatabendi said it was the first time that the Sri
Lankan Community in Canberra laid out a reception of that nature for
visiting Sri Lankan cricketers.
He mentioned that Australian cricketers have played the one-day
version of the game in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). Some of the more famous
names of Australian cricketers who have played in Sri Lanka.... Sir
Donald Bradman, Lindsay Hassett, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud, Ian
Chappell, Doug Walters and Bill Lawry have given the much needed punch
the game in the island.
A very successful auction of memorabilia also took place.