By Dr. Sulakshi Thelikorala
Cricket – the buoyant sport, a discipline, a culture and an art – is popularly celebrated by the entire country irrespective of difference in social, economic or professional background.
Seasons change. Celebration of victories and admiration of defeats in a spirit of sportsmanship display the cricketing subculture with glitz and glamour of cultural traditions of cricket.
The joint effort of two elite professions to celebrate the annual Law Medical Cricket Encounter 2012 is highly commended.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Sri Lanka Medical Association has been organising this exciting event since 2008. The lawyers have disported an awe-inspiring performance winning this prestigious trophy on previous presentations while a promising bunch of young doctors have exhibited true sportsmanship by their talented skills of the game.
Even though the history of this event seems quite recent, the fellowship between lawyers and doctors dates far back in time. The law students and medical students have shared fraternal bonhomie from the good old days since Law College and Colombo Medical College jointly hosted the Law Medical Students’ Encounter and the Annual Dinner Dance over a period of 75 years, a most looked forward event in the sports calendar of the students and members of the legal and medical professions.
The stability of mutual understanding ensured a pillar of strength between the two parties featuring a cricketing encounter at a higher professional level as the Lawyers Cricket Club and Bar Association of Sri Lanka in coordination organised the inaugural Law Medical Cricket Encounter in 2008 at P. Sara Stadium.
The celebrations continue and traditions last. This year, the Law Medical Cricket Encounter 2012 for Prof Rizvi Sheriff Trophy is being organised by the Sri Lanka Medical Association assisted by the Doctors’ Cricket Club of Sri Lanka under the exemplary guidance of Dr. Indika Karunathilake.
The blissful significance of the Law Medical Encounter with six-a-side team of women playing cricket will be a spectacular amusement and entertainment to participants when lady doctors and lawyers engage in a friendly game of cricket.
The battle for this prestigious trophy will be held on Sunday 13 May 2012 at the Colts Cricket Grounds. The Guest of Honour at the event will be Nishantha Ranathunga. The two Chief Guests will be Prof. Vajira Dissanayake, President of Sri Lanka Medical Association, and MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
All cricket fans as well as those involved in medical and legal professions are warmly welcome to witness the great sportsmanship and the spirit of cricket at the Law Medical Encounter 2012.