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Sri Lanka 6: The Sinhalese Sports Club

The SSC's head of cricket Samanthe Dodanwela emerging from the dressing rooms at the SSC ground.

Sat 28th January

Another hot and humid day here in Colombo, despite the 8.30am start, so both good and bad for my first visit to the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). I know I’ll complain next summer in England when it’s raining and certainly not this hot, but it is so hot and sticky here!

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Sri Lanka 5: Badureliya and Ragama

Ragama, and TMS's Roshan Abeysinghe

TTF’s focus has always been the grassroots game, and whilst here in Sri Lanka we’ve been working with some of the older, historic clubs that are now pretty major forces in cricket. I’ve also been lucky enough to talk to some people from the more recently established Premier League clubs  - Ragama and Badureliya. These clubs still play first class cricket, but were formed recently, and were built up from the ‘outstation’ districts around Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka 4: Royal College, Colombo

An under 13s match on the Royal College junior pitch


Monday 23rd Jan 2011

Well, today has been a very busy day at Royal College, Colombo, where I spent the day with Abdul Rauf, chairman of SLC school’s cricket and also Senior Games Master of Royal College. The college is the oldest in Sri Lanka, founded in 1835, with some imposing colonial buildings and catering to over 9,000 boys from the ages of 6 to 19. The boys were wondering around in smart white uniforms and as I arrived, at 9am, school had already been underway for nearly 3 hours.

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Sri Lanka 3: Seenigama and the MCC Centre of Excellence

Sun 22nd January

This afternoon I had a fantastic trip down to Seenigama, on the coast between Colombo and Galle, to visit the MCC Centre of Excellence. I was taken down by Kushil Gunasekera, the President and founder of the Foundation of Goodness, and the manager for planning and development, Fazana Ibrahim. The trip was a surprisingly short one – a new highway has just opened between Colombo and Galle that has cut down the travel time enormously, to the relief of Kushil and Fazana who make this journey several times a week. Driving through fields and rubber plantations before we headed back on to the old Galle road by the sea, it was an absolutely beautiful drive.

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Sri Lanka 2: The Tamil Union

The scoreboard at the Tamil Union's ground, the P. Sara Oval


Sat 21 Jan

Today is another bright, sunny day in Colombo (sorry to rub it in guys, I’m afraid I’ve no idea how cold it is in the UK but I can just imagine :P) and I’m very excited today to be spending my first day at the cricket. The Premier Tournament, Sri Lanka’s domestic competition, has just gotten underway after a short delay over some money issues – it’s not possible to talk to anyone here at the moment without hearing about SLC’s financial problems and the difficulties that they’re causing.

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