Bull Campus Cricket World Finals in Sri Lanka


Lahiru Thirimanna unveils a team jersey. (Pic by Dimuthu Premaratne)

The fifth edition of Red Bull Campus Cricket, the world championship for college cricketers, will take place from September 5 to 11 in Sri Lanka.

College teams from eight countries, Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates have qualified through their own national competitions, with Assupol TuksCricket (University of Pretoria), aiming for the hat-trick after winning the last two World Finals in 2014 and 2015.

England’s Loughborough University will be looking for revenge after losing in the final last year and MMCC College, Pune will hope they can emulate India’s victory in 2013, the last time the World Finals were held in Sri Lanka.

The team representing the hosts, BMS, Colombo, have three Sri Lanka internationals in Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka in their side.

"We’re very excited to be hosting Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals again in Sri Lanka after the inaugural Asia cup in 2012 & World Finals in 2013," Brendon Kuruppu, the tournament director and former Sri Lanka cricketer said. "It’s the world championship of college cricket and a unique opportunity for some of the best young cricketers from around the world to showcase their talents. In Sri Lankait has become one of the most important tournaments for our young cricketers and we were proud to see so many Sri Lanka players representing their colleges in the national finals last week. Three of them, Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka are part of the BMS, (Colombo), side that will represent Sri Lanka in the World Finals in September. Shehan Jayasuriya with an aggregate 294 at an average of 147 with 3 wickets to his credit will be the main attraction for the world finals 2016. The same is true around the world, as there are already players from India, Pakistan and South Africa who have gone on from Campus Cricket to play professionally and for their country, KL Rahul being a shining example at the moment for India in the West Indies. Every year it gets tougher to win this trophy and 2016 promises to be the hardest fought event yet."

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