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Death of Royal College cricketer Selvi Perinpanayagam

The Royal College first eleven cricket team of 1956. Selvi is seated on extreme left front row and Mike Wille is standing third from left back row.
The Royal College first eleven cricket team of 1956. Selvi is seated on extreme left front row and Mike Wille is standing third from left back row.

Former Royal College cricketer Selvi Perinpanayagam passed away in Scarborough, Ontario on July 31, at the age of 83.

Selvi opened the batting for Royal in the fifties and his opening partner Mike Wille paying a tribute to him said, “We played together for Royal for 3 years and we were opening partners for 2 years. Being opening partners we developed a close friendship. When someone dies they acquire many virtues that they never had when they were alive.

“However, in the case of Selvi I can tell you that he was a real gentleman. In 1956 he scored a 99 and 3 consecutive centuries. This was the inaugural year of the award of the “Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year” which was decided by votes sent in by the readers of the newspaper that ran the competition. Selvi should have won by a mile but didn’t because he was a Tamil and he expressed his bitter disappointment to me. The newspaper was so embarrassed that next year the winner was decided by a panel.”

A funeral service will be held for late Selvi today (Tuesday) from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Highland Funeral Home, Scarborough.


 

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