Cricket performance centre for Mahinda
The ceremonial opening of the Major G W S de Silva cricket
performance centre will take place on October 25 at 8.30 am at Mahinda
College, grounds Galle.
The Cricket Foundation of Mahinda College, Galle (CFMC) built this
facility within a very short span of time which began in June this year.
The inauguration of the fully-fledged facility would mark major step
forward for college cricket and for Galle, the southern capital of Sri
Named after the legendary coach and cricket administrator of southern
Sri Lanka late Major G W S de Silva, the centre is much more than just a
training centre for the college players, as it provides an
all-year-round facility to benefit and select the most talented
cricketers and develop them through excellent coaching and support
services in modern facilities to achieve their talents. Thus the Cricket
Foundation of Mahinda College, Galle aims to produce gentlemen with
cricketers who play for college and the country. This facility will also
provide training and practicing base for all schools and other cricket
playing enthusiasts in and around Galle.
Mahinda College, Galle was established in 1892. Cricket originated at
Mahinda in early last century with the first big match against Richmond
College played in 1905.
Mahinda College has produced many outstanding cricketers in its long
history. Cricketers of the calibre of Jayananda Warnaweera, Athula
Samarasekera Marvan Atapattu, Upul Chandana and Lasith Malinga have all
represented Sri Lanka in Tests and ODI'S with distinction while D L S de
Silva represented Sri Lanka World Cup team in 1979 before his untimely
demise. There have also been many who have represented Sri Lanka
(Ceylon) in Pre-Test era, D H de Silva, D P de Silva, Neil de Silva
represented the country. They also produced several top cricketers of
the calibre of Gajaba Pitigala. Upul Sumathipala, A J Samarasekera and
in recent years Kaushalya Gajasinghe and Romesh Buddhika.
Cricket Foundation of Mahinda College, Galle (CFMC) was established
in the year 2011 by a group of prominent past cricketers with the aim of
promoting and developing school to a higher standard by providing better
facilities and opportunities to college cricketers.
Mahinda College considers Major G W S de Silva era of cricket as its
"Golden era' reason being from early 70s up to the end of the decade
when he was in-charge of its cricket Mahind produced outstanding teams
as well as individuals on a regular basis. The college won many awards
as the best outstation team and best team in the southern province in
addition to many players wining individual awards.