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First Big Match in Mullaittivu Draws Huge Crowds


For the first time in its history, Mullaittivu had the rare chance of witnessing a grand Big Match between the cricketers at Oddusudan Maha Vidyalayam and Vidyananda Maha Vidyalayam during May 31-June 1 at Oddusudan Maha Vidyalayam ground.

64 Division of the Security Force Headquarters-Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) has since early last year been promoting cricket among school-goers by donating cricket equipment, leather balls, etc and coaching them.  The conduct of Murali Cup-2012 by troops ignited their enthusiasm for cricket among schools.

For this two-day (May 31-June 1) Big Match, 64 Division troops provided all possible facilities by providing a pavilion, improved ground, coaching camps, cricket equipment, training nets, side screens, score boards, etc before the D-day dawned.

The first of this kind drew a huge enthusiasm and a gathering of many school students and cricket fans in the area.

Brigadier H.W.M.S.D.B. Pananwala, General Officer Commanding, 64 Division, Mr Kushil Gunasekara, Founder of ‘Foundation of Goodness’, Mrs Malani Weniton, Zonal Directress of Education for Thunukkaki Division, Mr T. Thireshkumar, Divisional Secretary for Oddusudan, Mr S. Kanagaratnam, Presidential Coordinator for Mullaittivu District, Mr Pangayachelwan, Oddusudan Divisional Education Officer, parents, teachers and a gathering of state officials witnessed the event on the final day.