Take cricket seriously and benefits will accrue - Sanath
Sanath Jayasuriya – Chairman of selection committee of the Sri Lanka
Cricket Board and the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Postal
Services, had a ministerial look about him when in the national language
he advised the youngsters present at the awards ceremony of the Sunday
Observer – Mobitel Cricket Awards to take the game of cricket seriously
as it will bring rich rewards.
At Hotel Galadari on Friday night, Jayasuriya advised the large crowd
of schoolboys present to take the game seriously as it will definitely
bring them rich rewards as they have a first hand experience of the
valuable gifts that have been presented for the winners of various
segments of the show.
Associated at the cricket show with two other ministers Bandula
Gunewardena from the Education front and Keheliya Rambukwella – Minister
of Mass Media and Information, Jayasuriya seemed to have gathered enough
‘push’ to drive into the minds of the young cricketers the benefits that
would come the cricketers way if they take the game seriously. Cricket
has to be played with a lot of care and once the game is mastered, the
rewards will come the way of the players.
There were many admirers of Jayasuriya who was a splendid cricketer
during his school days a few years back at St.Servatius Matara and he
was so keen in his young days that he was able to make the grade. So,
Jayasuriya advised the young boys who were gathered at the show that
success would come their way once the boys took the game to their heart
and play determind cricket.
The school cricketers show a lot of promise. Take for example Kusal
Mendis of Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa. He has won the Observer-Mobitel
Schoolboy Cricketer of the year Award. Now he must take the game to his
heart and having the keeness, Mendis is bound to do well in the years to
A cricketer must be keen and devote a lot of time to the game and he
is bound to come good if he shows keeness and devotion to the game.
Jayasuriya said that when he started playing cricket he never thought
that he would be able to go for, but he devoted his time to the game and
it paid him rich dividends when he grew older.
Speaking about the sponsorship of cricket contests, Jayasuriya said
that Lake House has done a great service to the young cricketers in
having this show for 35 years. It is a fine gesture on the part of the
Lake House and Observer to have the show so that the young boys will
have something to look for when they are playing the game.
Sponsorship is vital for game to proceed as it is somewhat a costly
exercise. Organisers should not think about the cost factor at the
start, because when one gets involved, the game will catch on and
benefits will come the way of the cricketers.
One of Sanath Jayasuriya’s great pals – Arjuna Ranatunga too was
present at the awards ceremony on Friday and Jayasuriya thanked
Ranatunga in helping to take the game of cricket tot he outstation towns
and this move has paid much dividends.