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Tikiri Kobbekaduwa excelled at cricket and rugby

Tikiri Kobbekaduwa. (Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corrs.)
Tikiri Kobbekaduwa. (Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corrs.)

Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, the present Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province was an outstanding cricketer and rugby player who became the Governor of Central Province for two terms. He had his primary education at Trinity College, Kandy where he played cricket for the Under 11, 12 and 14 cricket teams and captained the Under 16 team.

He also played a few 1st XI cricket matches in the 3rd term fixtures under Rohan Perera who was the captain at the time. His contemporaries were J.D. Weerasinghe, Susantha Ratnayake and Cantrell, a West Indian to name a few.

Kobbekaduwa played Under 17 rugby for Trinity as a hooker and as a wing forward. In 1974 he left Trinity College and joined St. Sylvester’s Kandy for higher studies where he excelled in cricket. In 1975 he played under Ishak Sahabdeen for St. Sylvester’s. His contemporaries there were Roland Perera, Jayantha Keragala and Duncan Vandott to name a few.

In his 2nd year at St. Sylvester’s he really showed his class when he played under

Duncan Vandott and scored 3 centuries including one in the ‘Big Match’ against

Vidyartha College, Kandy where he scored 111. The other two centuries were against Kingswood College (128) and St. Thomas’ Matale (108). He made over 800 runs that year to become one of the leading batsmen in Sri Lanka Schools.

After leaving school he joined the Mercantile sector in 1981 as an executive of Lever Brothers and rose to be the Marketing Manager.

He was there for 15 years. Then he joined Reckitt Benckizer as a Director (Marketing) and remained there for 2 years after which he took up to politics and contested a Parliamentary seat unsuccessfully. He served as a Director of the Lake House Group for sometime and became a member of the Municipal Council, Kandy and later Governor of Central Province in 2005. He was sworn in as Governor, Central Province for a 2nd term on 16 December, 2010.

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