Jayasuriya star attraction at T20 World Cup
First assignment after becoming an MP in Sri Lanka’s
CRICKET: Sanath Jayasuriya has a tendency to set up records
both on the field as well as out of it. His a latest record is that he
will become the first Member of Parliament to ‘don’ pads and bat in the
forthcoming T20 World Cup to be played in the West Indies starting on
Last Thursday when he walked into Parliament at the opening ceremony,
he was given a rousing welcome by all Parliamentarians acknowledging his
great achievement in the field of cricket. Sanath Jayasuriya, newest
sensation is in politics in Sri Lanka.
It was one of the best things that happened to me in 1988 when I won
the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the Outstation Section,”
“That’s an experience I will never forget. It was a good achievement
and it is still in my memory.
“That was the stepping stone for me, to continue playing the game. I
must thank the Observer a lot for giving the Matara schools and school
cricket the much needed push”. Jayasuriya said playing for St. Servatius
College, Matara brought him immense joy. The Matara stalwart said that
the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest should not be the end, but
the beginning of better things to follow when playing in big company as
against the top - notch cricketers from other countries.
A contest of this nature means a lot to young cricketers. When I was
picked as the Best Outstation Cricketer in 1988, it gave me a lot of
satisfaction and spurred me on and I am what I am now, because of
inter-school cricket and the encouragement it gave me,” Jayasuriya said.
Jayasuriya said that ANCL and the SUNDAY OBSERVER should continue with
the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest to unearth talent from the
outstation schools in the years to come.