The Royal College First Eleven Cricket Team tour of Australia under the captaincy of Ryle de Soysa in 1936 has a unique place in world cricket History. It was the first cricket team from an Asian country to visit Australia (at whatever the level of cricket). I wrote this article based on research gleaned mainly from the memoirs of Lucien de Zoysa entitled ‘ My First Love’. It was written over 22 years ago (in 1993) and published in the Sunday Observer (May 2, 1993) on the day which had as its main item of news the assassination of President R. Premadasa (on May 01, 1993, while walking in a May Day procession). The Editor of the ‘Sunday Observer’ then was the well-known Journalist H.L.D. Mahindapala.
Royal College Team that went to Australia in 1936 Standing (from left): L.E. De Zoysa, P.C.D. McCarthy, S. Pathmanathan, W.B.V. Thiedeman, D. Vellenheven, E.F.E. De Kretser, J.W. Subasinghe, D.R.R. Porritt. Seated (from left): F.H. de Saram, L.H.W. Sampson (then Principal), G.R.J. De Soysa (Captain), L.V. Gooneratne (late Master-in-Charge), M. Sivanathan. On ground: A.I. Macan Markar (left) and R.L. De Kretser
Keith Miller- www.cricketcountry.com
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