Ex-cricketers with Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha, SLCCompetent Authority Kamal Padmasiri, and SLCCEO Ashley De Silva
Sri Lanka Cricket, under the guidance of Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapha, has decided to felicitate 49 past cricketers who represented Sri Lanka prior to obtaining full membership of the ICC as a move to honour them for services rendered to Sri Lanka Cricket.
Accordingly, SLC will offer grant exgratia payments for 12 cricketers who are above 65 years of age and currently living in Sri Lanka.
Each of the selected past cricketers will be given an exgratia payment of Rs. 25,000 per month, running up to one year and renewed thereafter at the discretion of the SLC Management.
In addition, they will receive Rs. 150,000 per year for hospitalisation subject to original bills being submitted for reimbursement.
Past cricketers residing overseas will notbe entitled to the above payment, and this payment will not be made posthumously.
In the meantime, a memento to the value of Rs. 25,000 will be made to 49 past cricketers who played for Sri Lanka during the pre-Test era.
If an appeal is made for assistance by any other past cricketer strictly falling within the specified criteria who has not been nominated in the said list, this appeal will be considered, whilst any past cricketer who has been made a payment from the benevolent fund will not be entitled to this scheme.
Sri Lanka Cricket will be handing over these payments to the selected cricketers starting this week. The selection of these cricketers were done by a three-member committee appointed by the SLC under the guidance of the Minister of Sports.
Among the first batch of cricketers who were felicitated are Dr. H.I.K.Fernando, Daya Sahabandu, Amitha De Costa, M. Devaraj, T.B. Kehelgamuwa, N. Kodituwakku, A.C. M. Lafir, Ranjan Gunatilleke and Lasantha Rodrigo.
This was done during a simple ceremony held at the Ministry of Sports with the participation of the Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapha, SLC Competent Authority Kamal Padmasiri, and SLC CEO Ashley De Silva.
SLC will felicitate the rest of the cricketers in due course.
Past cricketers selected to be felicitated:
2.Amitha de Costa
4.Dr. H. I. K. Fernando
19.Stanley de Alwis
22.C. T. A. Schaffter
23.Dr. C. Balakrishnan
25.D. P. de Silva
31. David Heyn
33.D W. L.Lieversz
35.A. R. M.Opatha
42.Dr. B. G. Reid
45.B. W. R. Thomas
48.Dr. Cyril Ernest
49.Dr. Sarath Wimalaratne