SLIDESHOW: Sri Lankan cricketers visit boys at Wakefield’s QEGS school

Cricketers from the Sri Lankan national team visited sports-mad students at a Wakefield school.

Batsman Mahela Jayawardene and bowler Nuwan Kulasekara took time out from their training schedule while playing England at Headingley to meet the boys at QEGS Junior School.

The students took part in a carousel of activities, with Mahela and Nuwan on hand to offer advice and guidance.

Nuwan bowled against deputy headteacher Ian Shuttleworth, who managed to save face by not being bowled out.

Mahela also spoke to the students about his career highlights and his ambitions for the future.

He answered the boys’ questions and gave the youngsters some technical cricketing tips.

The visit was organised by fellow Sri Lankan cricketer Tharindu Perera, who grew up in Sri Lanka playing alongside Nuwan and Mahela.

Tharindu has worked with QEGS to develop cricket in the school over the last few years.

Mr Shuttleworth, deputy headteacher at QEGS Junior School, said: “It was a truly memorable afternoon for all the boys and staff at QEGS JS to welcome one of the modern day greats of the cricketing world, Mahela Jayawardene, into our school to speak with and coach the boys.

Both Mahela and Nuwan Kulasekera were so modest about their many achievements and were so happy to give freely of their time.

“I must offer my utmost thanks to Tharindu for helping this dream visit to come true.

“I am very proud of the boys at QEGS JS and their many sporting successes.

It was fantastic for them to be in the company of such sporting legends.”

On October, Tharindu will be launching his Ceylon Cricket Academy every Friday at QEGS for girls and boys across West Yorkshire.

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