Outstanding Men from beyond the shores who have assisted Sri Lankan Cricket

May 23, 2014

SOBERS -- pa photosGary Sobers as youngster 1. Satha greets SobersSobers greets Sathasivam in Sri Lanka with gift GARY SOBERS-- PA photos Sobers in his prime –murdering bowlers sobers in action Abu Fuard honoured Abu Fuard honoured by Gamini Dissanayake

DAV WHATMORE E11 Arise Sir Davenel7lDavenell Whatmore becomes a deshamaanya 12 Harry SolomonsHarry Solomons of Kingsgrove Sports in Sydney has not only assisted SL cricketers with gear & advice, but also sent supplies to various establishments in Lanka  NIGEL K Nigel Kerner of Niden Manor in England and Bellanwila Dehiwela: has hosted the whole Lankan team at Niden Manor on occasions and assisted SL cricket in several unostentatious ways

[PIC ??] “David and Cathy Cruse and THE KNOX TAVERN bid adieu” … https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/david-and-cathy-cruse-and-the-knox-tavern-bid-adieu/

knox-tavern-002 knox-tavern-001 Kushil Gunasekera & Quintus de Zylwa addressing the crow at a reception for the SL cricketers at Knox Tavern in Melbourne

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoe Hoad, Barbadian cricketer & stick fighter, and subsequently a coach and artist in Australia, provided his coaching services free to FOG in 2012,while also advising Ajit Jayasekera and the SL team in Adelaide in 2003

17 Tony & SanathAND the tallest and perhaps most ebullient of them all, TONY GREIG …….. Most ebullient? A tall order when Tony (departed from this realm alas) has to compete with Gary Sobers and Ian Botham! botham-and-murali-sri-lanka-march-2011 02(82)-bOTHAMAT MANKULAM Botham demonstrating and inspiring at Mankulam in 2011 BOTHAM WALK 2013  image008Botham on his epic series of walks for charity in association with the Foundation of Goodness in Sri Lanka


PS: we must not forget the women behind the men, notably Kathy Whatmore and Cathy Cruse.


PS 2: both Whatmore, Solomons and Kerner were born in Lanka and carry warm memories of the land and people with attendant affinities . Besides, as Pissu Percy will tell you, both Harry and Nigel are Aloysians!


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