SL hunt for cricket talent in former LTTE regions

Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 18:12 [IST]
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Hunt for talent in former LTTE regions

Colombo, Apr 30: Sri Lanka Cricket is to conduct a talent search for potential youngsters from the former LTTE controlled regions in the North and the East.

For two days next month, the SLC would run coaching camps and conduct a talent search for under 14 to under 19 age categories in northern capital of Jaffna

There will also be programmes for coaches and the schools' masters in charge, a SLC release said.

The Jaffna programme will thereafter be repeated in the eastern provincial district of Batticaloa.

Cricket, the island's most popular sport, was deprived to the north and eastern youth throughout the 30-year separatist war which devastated the north and east.

The annual cricket match between Jaffna's two leading schools, St John's College and Central College was however continued throughout the conflict.

The north tasted high level cricket for the first time in decades when Murali Cup games were staged last year - a T20 tournament for the under 19s teams from the regions as well as the leading school teams from the south.

Only very few Tamils have made it to the Sri Lanka national team since the country was admitted as a full member of the ICC in 1981.

Muttiah Muralitharan, a Tamil of Indian origin from the hill country and Russell Arnold are those who made it big in the international arena.


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Story first published:  Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 13:00 [IST]
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