Jayawardena completes 22,000 runs in all forms:
Hundredth day countown to ICC T20 launched in style
The 100th day countdown for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012 to be
conducted in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7 was launched in
style at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, yesterday. Before
going on to describe the launch, the distinguished persons present at
the media briefing congratulated Sri Lanka's dynamic captain Mahela
Jayawardena for scoring 22,000 run in all forms of the game.
He reached that milestone during his dazzling knock of 53 which went
a long way in helping Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the Second One-Day
International under lights at Pallekelle on Saturday and square the
'He is a great Ambassador and a role model', was how Chief Executive
of the ICC Haroon Lorgat described this gentleman cricketer who is the
darling of cricket fans who made a comeback as captain when the game and
he country needed badly needs him.
The excitement to the T20 World Cup is gathering and it was the
consensus of all who spoke, from the two captains Mohammed Hafeez of
Pakistan and Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka, Haroono Lorgat, Upali
Dharmadasa, President SLC, Sri Lanka women's captain Shashikala
Siriwardena that the coming tournament was going to be one if one if not
the best conducted in this region.
Also present was Sarath Ekanayake, Chief Minister, Central Province.
Incidentally Slinging ace Lasith Malinga has been appointed Brand
Ambassador for the great event by the ICC and when asked about the
appointment he expressed great joy and said that he was proud to receive
this honour for himself and on behalf of the country.
The cricket no doubt will be exciting and the three captains said
that it will be thrill a moment cricket and predicting a winner will be
no easy task because all teams will be fielding their best and playing
from out of their skins because winning any ICC event is a great
At the outset it was a pretty picture to watch more than 300 school
children from the Kandy District from forming a giant '100', celebrating
the 100th day countdown to the ICC World Twenty20.
The ICC together with Sri Lanka Cricket donated cricket bats to 100
girls and boys schools playing competitive cricket in the Kandy
District. There were two media releases to mark the event by ICC Chief
Executive Haroon Lorgat and SLC President Upali Dharmadasa.
'We are now 100 days away from the first ICC World Twenty20
tournament in Asia. This year's event promises to be even more explosive
as player skills in the T20 format has expanded and cricket fans from
around the world are dashing to be in Sri Lanka, said Lorgat.
'The ICC World Twenty20 is a sporting spectacle not to be missed by
any cricket fan. Sri Lanka is ready and excited to host the global event
and I sincerely encourage all cricket fans to purchase the remaining
tickets early to avoid last minute disappointment', said Upali
Dharmadasa. Pallekelle, Sunday