Big match fever takes over the cricket pitch on 3 April as the ‘Battle of Maroons’ annual one day cricket encounter between Ananda College and Nalanda College played for the late P de S Kularathne Trophy, (powered by Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC) takes place at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
The boys from Ananda will be led by all-rounder Saviru Bandara, while Nalanda will play under the captaincy of Raveen de Silva.
Having taken into consideration the improving COVID-19 health situation, as well as the recent Government circular permitting the resumption of some sports, including cricket, the Principals of the two schools have taken the decision to proceed with the plans for playing the ‘Battle of the Maroons’ in consultation with the Joint Match Organising Committee (JMOC).
The relevant Government authorities have granted permission for the match to be played with specific guidelines to be adhered by the organisers. Consequently, the match will be played behind closed doors/without any spectators.
Further, the two teams and match officials will be following all COVID-19 protocols and health and safety guidelines, as the safety of the schoolboys is of paramount importance.
At present Ananda leads the series with 12 wins, while Nalanda has 6 wins under its belt.
Ananda and Nalanda, the two premier Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka, have so far produced the highest number (more than 55) of national cricketers. Six of them – the late Bandula Warnapura, Arjuna Ranatunga, Roshan Mahanama, Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardena and Dinesh Chandimal – have had the honour of leading the country.
It is worth noting that the first Test cricket captain of the country, the late Bandula Warnapura, was a proud product of Nalanda, while Arjuna Ranatunga, who led the Sri Lankans in the famous World Cup victory in 1996, hails from Ananda.
Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams.
The match will go LIVE on Dialog Television channel 140.