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Pioneer cheer leader Percy launches book

Percy Abeysekera presents his book to Arjuna Ranatunga in the presence of Chance Sports chairman Lasantha Amarasinghe
Percy Abeysekera presents his book to Arjuna Ranatunga in the presence of Chance Sports chairman Lasantha Amarasinghe

The story of one-man cheer squad Percy Abeysekera titled ‘I‘am Percy Cricket Crazy’ was launched yesterday at the newly opened Chance Sports Grand Showroom at Baseline Road Borella.

The veteran cheer leader’s biography written by Darrshini Parthepan notes Percy’s unforgettable stories out of the boundary line in this book and the first copy was handed over to 1996 World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga from the man himself at the simple ceremony organized by Sportsinfo and Trimo Media.

Ranatunga said that Abeysekera’s role as a one-man cheer leader covers more than 60 years and will be remembered by all cricket fans.

Abeysekera now 83 said he was happy to recall his early days at cricket grounds and nothing gave him more pleasure that waving the Lion flag at matches.

“ I still feel young to do what I am doing,” he said at the book launch.

Several former Sri Lanka cricketers Sidat Wettimuny, Roshan Mahanama, Rangana Herath and Graeme Labrooy graced the occasion.

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