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Sajeewa – unlucky not to play in Youth World-Cup

OBSERVER-MOBITE CONTEST: Sajeeva Salgado of Thurstan College who was voted as the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of The year (All Island) is another player who should consider himself unlucky not to find a place in the Sri Lanka Under 19 squad to Australia for the recently concluded World Cup Under 19 Championship.


Sajeeva Salgado - Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of The year (All Island)

A prolific scorer in the last school cricket season with over 1,200 runs and five centuries against his name, Salgado could not make it into the final squad as he could not impress in the trials that were held to select the team. His twin centuries against Prince of Wales, and hundreds against Mahanama, S. Thomas’, Mount Lavinia and Isipathana had put him on a sound footing for a top order batsman in the Under 19 team. But luck went out of his way when he failed to impress the selectors at the trials.

Foreign cricket tours with junior teams is nothing novel for Salgado. He was a member of the Sri Lanka under 14 and 15 teams that toured Malaysia in 2004 and 2005 and had come out with good scores. He continued his good form into the next level by captaining his school team and scoring a heap of runs.

In the 16 matches played this season, he has topped the 1,000 run mark and his one ambition is to one day represent the country in the sport that he loves so much.

He has two elder brothers-one a Royalist who played cricket for the school and the other an old boy of Thurstan who played rugger.

Sajeeva’s father, Tissa Salgado, also represented Thurstan at cricket and he should be a happy man that his son is following in his foot steps. Sajeeva gets all the support and encouragement from his parents and he is currently trying to find a Premier division cricket club to play in the big league.

Salgado who won the title after a close tussle with his team-mate Ashan Wanigaratne was full of praise for the friends, colleagues and well-wishers who voted for him and also for the contest which recognises talented players and reward them.

(RA)

 

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