The Central Province Rugby Football Union at their year- end special General Meeting under the auspices of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union decided, unanimously, to propose and elect Malik Samarawickrema as the Patron of the CPRFU for 2017/18.  This decision was made after taken in consideration the enormous contributions he has made to develop rugby in the province since 1992. He was awarded the title “King of Rugby” and father of rugby in the Central Province.