Bank of Ceylon in association with Sri Lanka Cricket felicitated the winning teams and presented Bank of Ceylon Trophy for the joint Winners Basnahira North & Basnahira South and the individual awards for the best batsman, best bowler, and player of the tournament in the recently concluded Sri Lanka’s Premier four day inter provincial tournament which was sponsored by Bank of Ceylon.
The four day tournament was played over six weeks with five premier teams competing in a competitive championship at which national selectors were able to identify potential players for the national team.
Secretary SLC ‘Nishantha Ranatunga’ paid tribute to the Chairman of Bank of Ceylon for helping Sri Lanka Cricket with the sponsorship which not only enabled SLC to conduct the tournament but also opened a gateway to identify future hopefuls, which has helped SLC with an excellent bench strength. Secretary also added the competition also helped the players to prepare well for the ongoing test series. He was optimistic that success in the Indian Test series and the forthcoming West Indies series will help Sri Lanka climb the ladder in the ICC ratings. He thanked the bank profusely for their support which has helped SLC to achieve the above.
Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket D.S.De Silva together with Chairman Bank of Ceylon Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe graced the occasion. Chief executive officer of Sri Lanka Cricket, Duleep Mendis presented the award for the best batsmen to Dilshan Munaweera of Basnahira North, while former test star & Sports Facilitator of Bank of Ceylon Brendon Kuruppu Gave away the best bowler’s award to right arm leg spinner Malinga Bandara. Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket D.S.De Silva made the presentation to Janaka Gunaratne of Basnahira South, who was adjudicated as the player of the tournament.
Basnahira South and Basnahira North were declared as joint Champions.