Cricket Executives recently paid tribute to departing Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia Somasundaram Skandakumar with a special farewell lunch.
Mr Skandakumar has returned to Sri Lanka having served as the High Commissioner for more than three years which included the inaugural Canberra Test match in February this year between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Cricket ACT Chairman John Miller, Lord's Taverners ACT President Ric Smith and former Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Australia and the ICC David Richards were present at the lunch to farewell Mr Skandakumar, also known as Skanda, for his support of cricket during his tenure.
Skandakumar was a former Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka and worked closely with Richards during his time at the ICC.
Skandakumar was honoured to be in his position during an historic moment for cricket in Canberra.
'To be part of cricket history as High Commissioner in Australia in a relation that I valued very much was very special," said Skandakumar
"They (Sri Lanka community) were delighted at the way our mutual passion for the game was reinforced."
Day Four of the Test match also coincided with Sri Lanka's Independence Day with Skanda noting the special pre-game ceremony as a highlight of the match.
"My personal highlight was the respect paid to our relationship when the players, spectators and officials stood for National Anthem prior to the commencement of play on the 4th of February," said Skandakumar
Cricket ACT would like to thank Skandakumar for his tenure and his overwhelming support of cricket during this time. We wish him all the best on his return to Sri Lanka.