Sri Lanka Cricket to launch talent hunt in former LTTE regions
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is to conduct a talent search for potential youngsters from the former LTTE controlled regions in the north and the east.
Sri Lanka Cricket is all set to conduct a talent hunt in the erstwhile LTTE regions.
For two days in May in the northern capital of Jaffna, the SLC would run coaching camps and conduct a talent search for under-14 to under-19 age categories.
There will also be programmes for coaches and the Schools 'Masters In Charge' programme, a SLC release said.
A similar programme will also be conducted in the eastern provincial district of Batticaloa.
The people of the northern and eastern districts were a deprived lot for 30-long years during the separatist war. However, the annual cricket match between Jaffna's two leading schools -- St John's College and Central College -- continued during the conflict also.
The north witnessed some action on the cricket field for the first time in decades when Murali Cup, a Twenty20 tournament for the under 19s, was staged last year. It involved teams from the region as well as the leading school teams from the south.
Only a very few Tamils could make it to the Sri Lanka national team since the country was admitted as a full member of the International Cricket Council in 1981. Muttiah Muralitharan, a Tamil of Indian origin, and Russell Arnold are those who made it big at the international arena.