Two Sri Lankan cricket players left stranded in South Africa

The COVID – 19 Virus has caused inconvenience for many over the last two weeks and news is emerging of two cricket players from Sri Lanka who are left stranded in Cape Town, South Africa. The holiday destination of Cape Town was hosting the over 50 World Cup when the organizers were forced to abandon the competition halfway through and although most players of teams from all over the  world made it back to their respective countries, some are left stranded in South Africa. That includes two Sri Lankans – Suranjith Dharmasena and Mahesh De Zoysa.

Dharmasena a product of Thurstan College and later played for Tamil Union was a prominent member of Sri Lanka’s  over-50 team while De Zoysa, who played for Ananda College was the Assistant Manager of the team. The latter had travelled to South Africa with his wife.

The Over 50 World Cup was abruptly ended on 15th of March due to several countries going on lockdowns.  Dharmasena and De Zoysas were scheduled to leave South Africa on the 19th of March, the latest date they could get a seat back to Colombo.  However that all came back to square one when the Bandaranaiake International Airport too was shut down.

The over 50 World Cup was scheduled to take place in South Africa from the 10th to 26th March.

Shane Fernando, the Vice-Captain of the Sri Lankan side and former Media Manager of Sri Lanka Cricket, told The Island that the stranded Sri Lankans were safe in their apartments in Cape Town.

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