Letter From Colombo – Week 4

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The 2015 Cricket World Cup started last week and in the first game, New Zealand thrashed Sri Lanka. People here are in shock. Cricket is almost a religion in Sri Lanka and this small tropical island has produced some of the top cricketers of the world.

The other day I came across an old photograph from the days before Sri Lanka became a Test playing country and a force to be reckoned with . It shows two young cricketers who years later reached stardom – Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama, when they happened to visit me in Yorkshire during an unofficial cricket tour of England. They had minor medical problems which needed attention and I was delighted to help. Today, Aravinda is a batting legend and Mahatma is a top cricket administrator. Another youngster with them was Arjuna Ranatunga who in 1996 won the World Cricket…

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