Our schedules have been pretty hectic recently running through from the India series and straight into the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League. Captaining the Nagenahira Nagas franchise this year has been enjoyable so far and our guys have got off to a solid start with two wins from two at the time of writing. So long may the winning feeling continue…
In amongst all this, I was able to drop in on the Room To Read team in Colombo to launch a children’s book we have been working on together called ‘Little Angelo’s Big Day in Cricket’, which we are releasing in both Sinhala and Tamil to help nurture the habit of reading in young kids in Sri Lanka. I also hope the story itself will in some way encourage kids from all across Sri Lanka to get involved in cricket, work hard at their game and enjoy it.
Room To Read are a global non-profit organisation working alongside the ICC to promote literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and African countries. Here in Sri Lanka, literacy rates in the older generations are among the highest in Asia, however educational gaps in literacy are growing for the younger generation of kids – especially in the poorer outstation areas which is now something that the Room To Read cause aim to help by constructing schools, establishing libraries and publishing contemporary kid’s books.
It was a true pleasure come along to interact with the kids that are benefiting directly from the work and it’s great to play a small part in supporting the cause. Thanks to the Room To Read team for all your amazing continued efforts.