Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a bid to popularise women’s cricket in the country has approved fifteen ‘big matches’ involving 30 leading girls’ schools who have taken upto the game, Apsari Tillakaratne, convener of Sri Lanka Women’s cricket said at a press briefing at SLC headquarters yesterday.
“By promoting ‘big match fever’ amongst the girls’ schools, we have encouraged more girls’ schools to take up to the game.
The SLC hopes schools will take advantage of this development, as we are ready to sponsor and give our support for all cricket playing girls’ schools in the future,” she said.
The latest move, which is being done with the guidance of SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala is part of SLC’s vision to develop women’s cricket in the country by encouraging more girls to play the game, which in turn will open the doors for the national women’s team. This is the second instance; SLC is supporting girls school Big Matches, with the first being held last year.
With this latest move, ten more girl schools have joined the Big Match fray thus, making it a total of 30 from last year’s figures. Schools from the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Kandy, Monaragala, Badulla, Matara and Anuradhapura will play Big Matches during the year.
Ms. Jayani Prishangika, Principal of Anula Vidyalaya said, “Anula Vidyalaya is a school that has been in the forefront of promoting cricket among its students. Anula Vidyalaya was the first to produce a national women’s cricketer in Hasitha Samarawickrema. Certainly the girls’ school big match concept is laudable for its carnival atmosphere is not only a competitive leverage, but also a source of enjoyment for school girls’,”
Prasanna Mohotti, Master In-Charge of Thalalla Dharmavijaya College stated, “We have successfully introduced cricket amongst girls at Thalalla Dharmavijaya where once the influx was boys, and now we are keyed up for the girls’ big match with Anura Vidyalaya, Matara.”
“We are planning to visit Wanni for the Big Match between Vavuniya Hindu College and Mannar Hindu College today (Wednesday) and SLC has put in a lot of sweat and toil to popularize the game in that region.
It is a matter of pride that the sport has attracted lasses in this once war torn zone including orphaned girls who have been rendered parentless during the war,” said Apsari Tillakaratne.