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Sri Lanka's chief curator to be honoured

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

February 19, 2013

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A general view of the redeveloped R Premadasa Stadium, Basnahira v Wayamba, SLC Inter-provisional limited-over tournament, Colombo, 23 January 2011
Anurudda Polonowita was involved in the development of the R Premadasa Stadium © Manoj Ridimahaliyadda
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will felicitate its chief curator, Anurudda Polonowita, at the end of next month's second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Polonowita, who will be retiring as chief curator on March 31, has been involved with the game in Sri Lanka for 53 years in different capacities, including as vice-president of SLC and chief selector. He also played 20 first-class matches, including an unofficial Test against India in Ahmedabad in 1964.

"We have plans to felicitate Polonowita in recognition of the contribution he has made to Sri Lanka cricket," Ajith Jayasekera, Sri Lanka Cricket's CEO, said.

Polonowita was involved in the development and construction of the Khettarama Stadium (now the Premadasa Stadium) in Colombo, and was encouraged by former Sri Lankan president R Premadasa to pursue his interest in curating. "I did the pitches and ground, and it was during that time that he asked me what I wanted. I told him I would like to go to Australia and do a course in curatorship," Polonowita said. "Within a couple of months, it was arranged and I was sent to Australia for three months."

Polonowita was instrumental in setting up a curators' department in 2000, where seven graduates with agricultural degrees were recruited. Speaking of his protégés, he said: "They were trained under me and now they are recruited as curators at stadiums owned by SLC."

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Posted by ajithabey on (February 20, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Polons deserves to be felicitated for his commitment and dedication to the game.Wish him well in his retirement.Hopefully,his proteges will have learnt to prepare good pitches in Sri Lanka which will last 5 days for a test and 1 full day for the shorter versions.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

he was coach of ananda college for many a years.players from marvan, thilan, awishka, kandambi all cameinto picture in his era. even ananda became under 23 champions twice.nice gentleman. his 2 sons and his elder brother's son were good players in 90s at school level .all the best n long life.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

plz someone tell me that 2nd test is going to play@ premadasa or sara oval

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (February 19, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

He has made huge contribution to Sri Lankan cricket in different levels.SL cricket will miss him badly.Anyway thank you very much sir for ur great service.God bless you !

Posted by SL_Boy on (February 19, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Great man, good luck ......

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