brings horror to cricketers’ families
By M. Shamil Amit
The tsunami disaster which ripped the South and North
East of Sri Lanka on December 26 spelt doomsday for the loved ones
of some Premier club cricketers of Sri Lanka. Some lost their dear
ones while some had their houses completely wiped out.
cricketers from Burgher Recreation Club (BRC) Chamara Soysa and
Priyankara de Silva along with Galle CC cricketer Ruwan Galappathi
were the most effected.
Soysa living in Malawanne, Amabalangoda had a double tragedy. His
mother Nalini who had died of cancer a few days earlier and was
on the verge of being buried, had her body washed away by the sea
and in the melee he lost his father Amaradasa Soysa who was pulled
away by the raging waters.
de Silva, also living in Ambalangoda lost his father while Ruwan
Galappathi's mother had been killed by the tidal waves while the
family was holidaying at the Milton Hotel in Unawatuna which is
owned by Ruwan's father.
Sri Lanka's skipper Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Chandana's mothers
escaped narrowly with injuries. Two other players Upul Tharanga
of NCC, whose hometown is in Kiriyawatte, Ambalangoda and Dhammika
Niroshan of Galle CC, had their houses completely demolished by
the surging waves.
young cricketers from Royal College Colombo, Anjana Kudahetti captain
of the Under 12 'B' team and Ranuka Amarasekera who also plays for
the Under 12 side were unfortunate to lose their fathers and their
two younger brothers.
father Sujeewa captained the Royal Second XI team in 1980 and played
for the First XI side too while Ranuka's father represented the
senior cricket team of Rahula College Matara. The two families were
on a weekend trip at Polhena, Matara along with the Under 12 coach
Ajith Weerasinghe who along with his wife and baby escaped death
by a whisker. Only one body was brought back to Colombo, that of
Anjana's younger brother.
Isipathanian senior cricketers spearheaded by their captain Dilan
Anuradha and his deputy Gihan Dilruk along with Chatuska, Isuru,
Gayan, Visuddhi, Sachith, Lakshan, Kalhara, Rabel, Cahrith and Pubudu
did a yeoman service to the victims of the tsunami disaster by contributing
goods to the value of Rs. 8,000/- which consisted of medical goods
and other essential items which they handed over to the Rupavahini
boys receive Rs. 5,000/- on a monthly basis by bowling to the Ragama
CC premier club cricket team and they collected another Rs. 3,000/
on their own, to make up this contribution. This is a good example
for other youngsters to follow in helping their fellow countrymen
in their hour of need.
is going to take a long time for these unfortunate cricketers and
many other sportsmen who have undergone this trauma to come to terms
with life in the future.