Inter International schools cricket tourney starts
The sixth inter International schools cricket tourney commenced
yesterday. This year’s tournament organised by Gateway International
School will be played for the RIT Alles Challenge Trophy, these details
were disclosed at a press briefing held at Otters Aquatic Club on
This year’s tourney will be competed by thirteen teams which are
grouped into four - A,B,C and D. Group A is the only group consists of
four teams, while the other three groups have three teams each. All
matches are scheduled to be played at Shalika Ground and Health ground.
The first stage games will be of 30 over duration while the
semi-finals and the final will be played for 40 overs per side. The
tournament comes to an end after completion of 22 matches inclusive of
Harsha Alles, the Managing Director of Gateway International school
speaking said that the International schools in Sri Lanka were able to
produce sportsmen and women to reach international level who have
represented the country. The students in these schools are also Sri
Lankans. Cricket is the only sport that the International schools have
failed to produce any player to represent the country.
The intention of this tournament is to raise the standard of the
players to reach national level. The only hindrance we are faced with is
that the non participation of these schools in the national tournament.
The Schools Cricket Association so far has not given the green light to
compete though we had many discussions on this matter.
In fact Government’s higher authorities too have given the ok for
this but still the SLSCA has not taken a decision to allow us to join
the tourney. All International schools don’t have their own grounds,
this is mainly due to non availability of land. But in the future we
hope to fulfil this by constructing grounds in outstation branches, said
The tournament is sponsored by Nestle Lanka Ltd, the producers of
‘Milo’. Bandula Egodage, the General Manager - Sales and Promotions
speaking said ‘Milo’ has been a leading sponsor for sporting activities
in the country.
His company has been engaged in sponsoring school sports for the last
two decades and want to continue with the same in the future too. He
handed over the sponsorship cheque to Chairman of the Gateway College
The teams participating are -
Group A: Gateway College, CIS Colombo, Ikra Is, Gateway College Kandy.
Group B: Lyceum Intl - Wattala, St Nicholas Intl School, Asian
Group C: Lyceum Intl School – Nugegoda, Wycherly Intl School, CIS -
Group D: Royal Institute - Leightton Park. British School - Colombo.