The Sunday Morning: Sports
Vijayakanth Viyaskanth said: “It was great to be there (with the Jaffna Stallions team) and it was (Shoaib) Malik who gave me the gloves the day before the match. I am very thankful to my school and others who supported me throughout this journey. I had really good support from all the other players and our Captain (Thisara Perera). From day one onwards, we as a family had a desire to win. Since I have already represented Sri Lanka in U19 matches, my next goal is to play first-class cricket and to play for the national team. Undoubtedly, all the five boys who came from the North enjoyed the atmosphere there, especially the seniors like Suranga Lakmal and Binura Fernando who were always spending time with them. These scenes may have felt hard for the racists out there to witness. But the truth is, sports is a path for reconciliation, and it will always play a big role in reconciliation because sportsmen never consider other matters other than playing and winning the game.
Ananthan Arnold ecstatic
Ananthan Arnold, the Co-owner of Jaffna Stallions, expressed his views thus: “We are ecstatic and overjoyed in winning the LPL It was great to be able to add kids from Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and Batticaloa into our wider squad which gavethem great opportunity to watch top players in close quarters and improve their own games. “One player, Viyaskanth managed to get selected (to the playing XI) by merit and gave a very good account of himself. We are sure that this will inspire more kids in many rural areas to have hope and faith that they too could one day play at the highest levels.” While many are celebrating the victory of the Stallions and the performance of Viyaskanth, many other players from the North and East will be ready to come out. But do they all have the facilities and resources to reach the top levels?
To be continued In the third part of this article next week,
we will focus on the available resources here in Jaffna and what is lacking. Also, some views expressed by the fans and the cricket enthusiasts of Jaffna.