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Anula’s queen in waiting

Sithmi Hirasha
Sithmi Hirasha

Anula College where it is being said posses the “queens of cricket” in the Western Province have produced some promising players.

One of them is allrounder Sithmi Hirasha who excelled during the inter school tournament.

“My passion is cricket although I want to be an engineer”, said Hirasha who took to the sport at the age of 12.

Her father owns a book store and has two younger sibling sisters and a brother while being the eldest in the family who will sit for her A Level exam next year.

“Cricket is very close to our family. During my childhood I played cricket with my father, brother and sisters”, said Hirasha who argues cricket is not the exclusively property of men.

“Some people think of cricket as a sport dominated by men. It is the biggest hurdle for us. But I have good support from my home folks who have encouraged me to overcome these barriers”, said Hirasha.

“My wish is that all women overcome these setbacks”.

But Hirasha cautioned that if there is no commitment and determination on the part of the player nothing will be achieved.

She ended the inter school season by scoring 517 runs and taking 17 wickets. She has even being brilliant in studies and obtained eight As at the O Level exam.

A century she made against Rahula Girls School in Malabe stands out as a golden moment in her career to date.

Hasini Perera was Anula College’s first player to be selected to the Sri Lanka team and has helped Hirasha in many ways.