September 22nd will be the 28th death anniversary of Dr. C.D.L. Fernando, one of Kandy’s versatile sportsmen, sports benefactor and philanthropist who died on September 22, 1987.
Dr. C.D.L. Fernando
C.D.L. as he was popularly known, began his education at S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia and ended up at Royal College as a top class sportsman. He was a ruggerite, footballer, cricketer and also a boxer. He was the first Bradby captain of Royal College.
C.D.L. was a fine cricketer, a medium pace bowler, hard-hitting middle order batsman and a brilliant close in fielder. He led the Medical College team against Law College. He also led the University of Ceylon cricket team and later played for SSC, Kandy United SC and Central Province. He was also one time President of the Kandy District Cricket, Football, Volleyball Associations, was also the manager of the Sri Lanka team against New Zealand in a home series,
September 19th 1977 Kandy lost one of the most senior sports and general writers and sports promoter in M.E. Marikar. Above all he was a fine gentleman of the highest order. He was a senior journalist attached to the Times Group of Newspapers while doing the rounds for the ‘Daily Mirror’, ‘Evening Times’ and ‘Sunday Times’. In Kandy, he was known as ‘Daily Mirror Sir’. He later worked for Wijaya Group of Newspapers.
He captained his school football and hockey teams and was a good boxer, athlete and was also in the school Cadet Corps. After leaving school he played cricket as the school he attended had no cricket. His cricketing prowess at club level grew and represented the Kandy Lake Club, Moors SC, the Government Services XI, Kandy, Central Province, Ceylon Press XI and Sinha Regiment.
He played football for Young Stars SC Kandy, Saunders SC, 2nd S.R. (Sinha Regiment), Marketing department, Greenfield SC, Kandy YMMA, Kandy and Government Services.
Played hockey for Young Stars SC, Kandy, 2 SR (Sinha Regiment) and Kandy.
It is said that Presidents J.R. Jayewardene and R. Premadasa admired this super sportsman and had offered lifts to him when he was on his way for matches. J.R. gave him a lift in his car when he was on his way for the first cricket Test. Premadasa spotted him when he was going for a football match at Sugathadasa Stadium. (HM)