Young cricketers learn from legends


Participants of the ‘Learn from Legends Camp’ with top international cricketers of both Sri Lanka and Pakistan teams.

The exclusive coaching camp, Learn from the Legends, held on August 19 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium for young Sri Lankan cricketers, was attended by about 30 youngsters – some as young as six years old.

The Pakistani and Sri Lankan National sides and the National coaches gave of their time and expertise for an extremely interactive session. Funds raised from the coaching camp will be utilised to support the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI’s World Cup tour. Standard Chartered Bank together with Sri Lanka cricket will be bringing a series of similar events around future international cricket tours.

Sanjeewani de Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered, who was the force behind the coaching camp said: "We had not only the current players but legends like Chaminda Vaas, Marvan Atapattu and Waqar Younis also step out and put the youngsters through their paces. No one seemed to mind the heat of the midday sun. They not only learned from legends but they had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave an indelible mark in their lives."

The fund raising for the Visually Handicapped XI continues around the Pakistan Tour with the ‘Walk with the Heroes’, an opportunity for 25 children between the ages of 6 and 12 to walk the cricketers on to the field at the opening ceremony of the ODI on 27th August at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

Some slots are still available and participation is priced at Rs. 5,000 a participant. Standard Chartered welcomes all inquiries and those interested may call Sushenka on 0779 586919 or Shanil on 0773 501545. Registrations for participation at the events may be made via e-mail address – and marked to the attention of the Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand and Marketing. The Facebook pages of both Sri Lanka Cricket and Standard Chartered Sri Lanka may be accessed for more information.

The inspiration behind Standard Chartered’s community investment platform addressing curable blindness globally, ‘Seeing is Believing’, is the impetus for these fund raising activities. In addition to the coaching camp and the child ambassadors the online bidding competition for the ‘Seeing is Believing Super Fan’ for each of the remaining ODIs has already commenced online. Four visually handicapped aspiring cricketers will once more participate in the events, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank.

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