Sri Lanka Cricket rewarded and recognized 26 players of the U19 squad, currently
undergoing training focusing on the upcoming Inbound Tours, U19 Asia Cup, and the
U19 World Cup.
The players were given financial assistance of LKR 100,000 each for the commitment
shown for the game by the youngsters since identifying them through an Island-wide
Talent Hunt Program conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket.
‘’During our playing era, we did not have adequate cricketing facilities and playing
opportunities to enhance our game. However, things have changed now, as Sri Lanka Cricket
is working tirelessly to provide the best of facilities for the cricketers to prosper and progress to the next level,’’ said Mr. Ravin Wickramaratne, Vice President of Sri Lanka Cricket, whilst handing over the monetary recognition to the players.
‘’You were selected to the U19 squad out of a talent hunt program Sri Lanka Cricket conducted across the island covering every district and province, and I urge you to use this opportunity and progress to the national level,’ Mr. Wickramaratne further added, when he addressed the players on the 28th September.
The 26 players, who were recognized, completed a 22 Day Residential Training Camp
yesterday, (29th September) which was held at the SSC Colombo in a Bio-Bubble
Environment. Mr. Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mr. Tilak Wattuhewa, President of Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, Mr. Tim McCaskill, Head of National Cricket
Development of Sri Lanka Cricket and Mr. Chinthaka Edirimanne, Head of Domestic
Cricket of Sri Lanka Cricket, were present during the handing over of the assistance
to the players.
The Junior National Selectors selected the 26 member squad out of the 75 players,
selected via an Island-wide Talent Profiling Program conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket.