Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jayasuriya praises Toronto as potential venue for cricket

Former Sri Lankan Captain and dynamite batsman Sanath Jayasuriya rated Toronto (Canada) as potential venue for cricket in presence of expatriates from cricket playing nations. “I have played here (Toronto) in the past and its good breakthrough for the game,” he told APP correspondent Ehsan Qureshi in an interview here on Monday after his team’s five wicket victory over Pakistan in the final of Al-Barakah Twenty20 International Cricket Championship at King City here.
“It was nice feeling to play before a sizeable crowd here because it inspire me to to perform,” he commented. He complimented large number of Sri Lankan flag-waving supporters which made the difference.
Jayasuriya, who was named man of the match for his spectacular knock of 40 ands was awarded a brand new car, said such a jam-pack crowd was proof of cricket’s popularity in Canada.
The cricket here in Canada is being revived after a lapse of nine years and Pakistan’s Sports International Marketing by staging quadrangular Toronto Twenty20 event here.
“They must have learnt a lot from this event needed to improve in some areas to make it permanent feature,” he said. He complimented SIM and Cricket Canada for their effort.
39-year-old veteran of 110 test matches and 421 ODIs Jayasuriya said he always enjoyed playing against Pakistan and happy that his knock contributed in his team’s success.
“It fantastic to play the Asia Cup final in Karachi and enjoy local support”, he recalled his memories of blasting a century under pressure.
“It was great final with Ajantha baffling the Indians batsmen with his mysterious spinning deliveries in Asian Cup final triumph,” Jayasuriya maintained.
He said he always cherished his performances in Pakistan where he enjoyed great success with the bat and ball.
Senath Jayasuriya said the winning the 1996 World Cup in Lahore in 1996 was one of his greatest moments in cricket. “I still vividly remember winning the final in Lahore and Aravinda’s De Silva’s ton at Gaddafi Stadium,” he recollected.

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