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Sri Lanka Under 19 Does Well

Milk For Me, Too!

Having returned from a three-nation tournament in South Africa the under 19 Sri Lanka cricket team had barely 24-hours before leaving for New Zealand for the under 19 Cricket World Cup. Here, the team’s consultant coach Aravinda de Silva is seen enjoying milk provided by their sponsor Anchor before their departure to New Zealand.

The Sri Lanka Under 19 team went out of reckoning at the semi final stage when they went down to a strong Australian side. As I said in an earlier column the lads have had great exposure at international level, though some may consider it crammed in.
Several players came through well  with self belief of their ability. It’s not often that young players get to match their skills and talent with their international counterparts. The success that this tournament brought will make it one of the more looked forward to events on the cricketing calendar in future. There were young players of great promise and skill on show from across the globe. Our lads were up there with the best. That Sri Lanka lost two games ( New Zealand and Australia) and one at the knock out stage is good enough for now. The lads fell short of the finals by one game and they are wiser for it now.
I am confident some of these lads will soon step up to the senior plate very soon. And I do not restrict this prediction for the Sri Lankan lads but many young players seen in action have got what it takes to shine at the senior level.
There is a lot of junior and “A” grade cricket being played around the world now which augurs well for the game. Signs of different players for different formats of the game is round the bend. It may not be long when we will witness fresh uncapped players (not in the longer or even the abbreviated 50 overs format) being drafted into the T20 versions. Sri Lanka will also look into such players as this would be a natural progression.
Whether this is moot at school level is not certain at this point in time. The nursery should be sound with the basics and of course to let natural talent flourish without stilting.
I need to congratulate the young lads for coming this far considering the gruelling schedule they had prior to the U 19 World Cup. My greatest fear was of injuries to players during the tournament but the support coaching staff worked very hard to avoid injuries.

7 Comments for “Sri Lanka Under 19 Does Well”

  1. Manoj

    Very well played as I watched it live. Great composure,fighting qualities and skill,Determination great team work.Our future holds great with these youth who will soon represent the national side.Great depth in batting and bowling Captain Pieris and Bhanuka,Jayampathi outstanding

  2. thaj t.n.

    hail hail to aravida and his company, thank god that the sports gov

    body did not interfier,our future in cricket looks very good when i saw live

    matchers played by our chuty puthas they look very fit and responsible went

    they take the challenge. all the best

  3. Abdul

    I think some players really impressive, like Jayampathi, Pieris and Rajapakse, i think they need be groomed rather pushed for national team too early.

  4. Premasiri

    I would like all the other past National players to act like Aravinda in order to develop the game in the country without going after dirty money and we do need administrators too who are willing to do an honorary work rather than getting high perks. SLC funds are specifically meant for nurturing of quality young cricketers but those funds are never intended for officials’ welfare.

  5. fazil ksa

    i am really happy abt the perfomance they made in newzealand,specially Bhanuka jayampathy and peiris it was was mind blowing,the team work and hard work they putted in these matches was outstanding

    we have a gud future in cricket

    Best of luck for all u guys,and i hope Aravindan will get a gud position in the senior as an advisor

  6. vajira

    Thank you Aravinda and ontinue the good work. It is this level that we need the best guidance.



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