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Take a walk
M.Z. Abdeen of Kandy writes: Last week’s Sunday Musings under the above headline hit out courageously at the incident involving Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Younis Khan, the Pakistan captain. This has drawn the attention of reader M.Z. Abdeen of 1/3, Nittawela Road, Kandy.
Taking a quote from the letter: ‘The comparison of Sangakkara’s actions that day readily evoked the same sickly feeling in the award winning film Slum Dog Millionaire when a young lad crawled out of a pool of human excreta. This comparison is alone enough to unerringly locate the incident to its rightful place – the cesspool!

Now to recount that incident: Kumar Sangakkara’s appeal for ‘caught behind’ against Younis Khan was disallowed by the umpire. Promptly Sangakkara stopped his victory dance midway and said something to Younis who too was seen to retort. The exchange of words would have lasted well over one minute. What was most unsightly was the posture/stance Sangakkara adopted during this encounter!

Schoolboy Cricketer Contest
M.Z. Abdeen, who is obviously a keen follower of cricket over the years, also writes to say that last week’s article evoked memories of the esteemed contest. The first ever Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year was Premaratne (1956) of St. Anthony’s College Katugastota. He was followed by the burly Charlie Joseph (1957 and 1958) and Franklyn Joseph (1960) again both from St. Anthony’s Katugastota.

This record, points out Abdeen, cannot even be equaled let alone broken; then Charlie Joseph’s win in two successive years and St. Anthony’s record of producing four winners in five consecutive years is unlikely to be broken.

We regret leaving out some names. It was mainly due to lack of space.
Continuing Abdeen asks: Such achievements readily evoke sentimental and emotional memories, specially performed by contempories half a century ago. Wasn’t the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest worthy of recognition before the Times of Ceylon sponsorship?

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