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Hunt on to find Sri Lanka’s fastest bowler

24 February, 2019
Sports Minister Harin Fernando (centre) with the Airtel hunting party
Sports Minister Harin Fernando (centre) with the Airtel hunting party

The Buffer Free Data Network; Bharti Airtel Lanka yesterday set out on an island-wide hunt for Sri Lanka’s fastest bowler called ‘Airtel’s Fastest’ as they plan to hold auditions across the country.

Commenting at the launch, Minister of Sports, Harin Fernando said: “This was something I was deliberating putting together and am grateful that Airtel stepped up with this timely initiative. There is a lot of undiscovered talent across Sri Lanka, all looking for a way to make their dreams of playing for the national team a reality. Airtel’s Fastest is a great opportunity for them and I am confident we will unearth a few stars who will represent the country with distinction.”

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 24 can participate in the open auditions covering Jaffna, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Matara, Badulla, Ruwanwella, Gampaha, Kurunegala, Kandy, Horana and Colombo.

A hundred fast bowlers will be selected from these trials and will be then put through a coaching camp with Airtel’s Super Star coaching team consisting of Lasith Malinga, Anusha Samaranayake and Chaminda Vaas.

They will then be put through a series of challenges to select the fastest in each category.

“Airtel has always stood for youth empowerment, we believe in bringing an exciting platforms and opportunities to showcase and develop their talents. ‘Airtel’s Fastest’ is another example. We’ve invested in some of the best fast bowling coaching talent in the world,and are sure the young boys and girls will benefit from their experience.

“We are also exited to announce that the entire talent hunt will be turned into a 20 episode TV reality show with the help of our partners in this project Derana TV,” said Jinesh Hegde CEO of Bharti Airtel Lanka.

Details of trial locations and dates as well as applications for the competition can be found on Airtel’s facebook page ‘airtellife’.

Participants are urged to bring along some kind of photo identification when registering.