Lahiru Thirimanne unveils the playing jersies | (Pic by Mushthq Thasleem)

Sports in Sri Lanka get a pride place, when it is associated with studies. This is what’s happening with the ‘Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals’, where the islanders have managed to get one of its teams to qualify for the final showdown. The tournament is sponsored by Red Bull.

Business Management School will carry a load on its shoulders, when it plays against some of the best academic institutes from the world in the finals which Sri Lanka will host this month.

‘Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals’ Tournament Director, Brendon Kuruppu underscored in his speech when addressing media representatives at the launch for the event, held at the Sinhalese Sports Club, that this tournament will serve as a springboard for players to reach greater heights in cricket.

“A good number of players who contested past editions of this tournament made it to the national teams of their representative countries,” Kuruppu said.

The tournament initially began with the participation of 250 teams from across the globe. After the elimination rounds, eight teams were picked for the Finals. According to Kuruppu, the league stage of the Finals will be played at the SSC and NCC turf wickets with the semi-finals and the finals scheduled to be held at the Galle International Stadium. The league stage of the tournament will be held from September 5 to 7, at the venues named in Colombo.

Many Sri Lankan national cricket stars were registered with the campus teams that took part in the qualifying round matches. Some of these players who were registered with the Sri Lanka Campus teams were Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka and Dananjaya de Silva. A good many of them couldn’t make themselves available for their respective campus teams, due to national commitments.

Niroshan Dickwella who will captain Business Management School said, “I am happy at the way the boys have played so far in the tournament. They form a united team,” said Dickwella.

The Campus World Cricket Finals originated in 2012 and has been held annually. A campus team from South Africa won the last two editions of the tournament.
The eight finalists who will feature in the ‘Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals’ are: Business Management School, The University of Sydney, The University of Liberal Arts, Loughborough University, Marathwala Mithra Mandir College of Commerce,  The University of Central Punjab, Assupol Tuks Cricket, The University of Pretoria and Heriot Wolf University.

Brendon Kuruppu | Mahela Jayawardane |  Niroshan Dickwella
Brendon Kuruppu | Mahela Jayawardane | Niroshan Dickwella