Royal discard Embuldeniya mocks selectors
Players from St. Joseph’s College congratulate Royal’s
batsmen at the end of their match at Reid Avenue yesterday.
Picture by Thilak Perera
Sri Lanka Youth World Cup discard Lasith Embuldeniya ridiculed the
country’s cricket selectors on yet another occasion as he grabbed a
match bag of 11 wickets while Royal College routed St. Joseph’s College
by eight wickets in their Singer trophy inter school match at Reid
In the process Embuldeniya, a left arm spinner, became the first
schoolboy player to take 50 wickets in the current season and what is
most appalling is that he has no place in the Sri Lanka squad for the
Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh this month.
He has a tally of 59 wickets from eight matches this season and is a
victim of typical Sri Lankan nepotism practiced by the selectors.
St. Joseph’s: 131 (Vimukthi Peiris 34 n.o., Revan Kelly 21, Kevin
Corteling 20, Lasith Embuldeniya 6/56, Geeshath Panditharatne2/16, Shan
Tennakoon 2/22) and 186 (Revan Kelley 46, Dineth Madurawala 40, Charuka
Ulundupitiya 23, Lasith Embuldeniya 5/46, Ganith Sandeepa 3/41, Shan
Royal: 226/8 declared (Naveen Vidanapathirana 59, Geeshath
Panditharatne 43, Pasindu Suriyabandara 33, Ganith Sandeepa 26, Charuka
Ulundupitiya 3/58, Malshan Rodrigo 2/56) and 94/2 (Naveen
Vidanapathirana 55, Ronuka Jayawardena 30)