A premier league for the past cricketers is to begin on the 3rd of November 2018 with an opportunity for them to represent their kids.
The tournament aims to inspire the next generation with a brand of cricket the veterans played in their days. The organisers state that every player who plays the tournament will represent either their school or their kid’s school in the tournament. The tournament will feature 18 schools namely Ananda College – led by Avishka Gunawardena, Mahinda College – led by Upul Chandana, Maliyadeva College – led by Ajith Ekanayake, Richmond College – led by Chamila Gamage, Royal College – led by Nalliah Devarajan, St. Anne’s College – led by Lanka de Silva, Nalanda College – led by Hemantha Devapriya, D.S. Senanayake College – led by Hashan Tillakaratne, Prince of Wale’s College – led by Hashantha Fernando, Rahula College – led by Pramodya Wickramasinghe, St. Anthony’s College – led by Sajith Fernando, St. Joseph’s College led by Chaminda Vaas, St. Peter’s College – led by Brijesh Jeganathan, St. Sebastian’s College – led by Heshan de Mel, S. Thomas’ College – lead by Mahinda Halangoda, Trinity College – led by Ravi Ratnayake, Isipathana College – led by Nuwan Zoysa and a Combined Schools XI which will be led by Sanath Jayasuriya.
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The tournament will be played in 3 groups with 6 teams in each group. This is a slightly different tournament where 3 finals will be played for 3 different trophies. Each team will play 2 round robin league matches. Each group’s top teams will play for the ‘Super-dads Trophy’, the second placed teams will play for the ‘Champion-dads Trophy’ and the third placed teams will play for the ‘Challenger-dads Trophy’. Six semi-finals will be played amongst the teams and the three finals will be played on the 18th of November at Moratuwa Stadium. The finals are scheduled to be played from early in the morning till late night under lights. Every team should contain 5 players of age 35 to 40, 2 players from age 40 to 45, 2 players from age 45 to 50 and 2 players should be above 50.
Sri Lanka’s veteran cricketers eagerly look forward to hit the grounds again after so many years. But, for an unusual cause this time. The tournament will feature some of the legendary names like Arjuna Ranatunga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Hashan Tillakaratne and so on. The World-Cup-winning captain, Ranatunga acts also as a mentor of the tournament while Aravinda de Silva will be a co-mentor for the tournament. Ravindra Pushpakumara is appointed as the Tournament Director.
“My dad, my superstar is a stellar initiative to bring together prestigious colleges, legendary cricketers, role model fathers and the youth on a single platform. I believe through this cricket tournament superstar dads and legendary cricketers will lead by examples and instil the values of discipline and true leadership in today’s generation. Colleges will get an opportunity to take education beyond the classrooms and write a new chapter in Sri Lanka’s history.” – Arjuna Ranatunga
The tournament will certainly light up sparks of interest among the present generation as well as the fans of that victorious 1996 World Cup team. A great opportunity for the youngsters to witness some of the best cricketers from the past era who played the game in the Isle and for the die-hard fans from the 90s to cherish their memories looking at their childhood superstars in action once again.
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