Airtel Sri Lanka congratulates Airtel Fastest alumni on LPL selections

The nation’s most preferred telco for youth, Airtel Sri Lanka, issued a hearty congratulations to finalists of the Airtel Fastest competition that were selected to play in the Lanka Premier League.

Both Eshan Malinga – who emerged as overall winner of the Airtel Fastest contest with his unique sling-bowling action – and Rathnaraja Thenurathan – who had reached the final round of the contest, were selected to represent the Colombo Strikers and the Jaffna Kings respectively. 

Airtel Sri Lanka’s Fastest began in February of 2019 with 10,000 participants from over 11 districts entering the competition from across the country at the initial trials. With a select pool of 145 bowlers, the competition progressed through its different levels while asserting a 360-degree approach to hone the full potential of these fast bowlers.

From their first health and fitness screenings, to on-site training camps and even their very first strength and conditioning sessions, the fast bowlers advanced through the competition under the guidance of Airtel’s superstar coaching team comprising of Anusha Samaranayake, legendary death bowling sensation, Lasith Malinga, together with icons of the Sri Lankan game, Chaminda Vaas, Hashan Tilakaratne and Upul Chandana.

 “When we launched Airtel Fastest, back in 2019, we wanted to take this mission a step further, by creating a national platform to uncover, showcase and hone Sri Lanka’s most promising pace bowling talent. Since then, we have watched with pride as our contestants went on to represent teams both locally and globally. We take this opportunity to wish both Eshan and Thenuruthan our warmest congratulations and the best of luck in the upcoming tournament. All of team Airtel is rooting for you!” Airtel Lanka CEO/MD, Ashish Chandra stated.       

In addition to Eshan and Thenuruthan, two more alumni of the Airtel Fastest contest had previously gone on to compete at  some of the highest levels of the game. This included winner of the ‘Airtel Sri Lanka’s Fastest’ Female Open category winner and fellow sling-bowling prodigy Shayani Senarathna having represented Sri Lanka at the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Asia Cup.

About Airtel:

Airtel Sri Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka in 2009 and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers. The Airtel Sri Lanka offering of technology innovation and service excellence has driven rapid adoption rates among the Sri Lankan youth. Today Airtel has established its state-of-the-art 5G-ready 4G network across all parts of Sri Lanka, and is continuously boosting its network capacity to deliver maximum value.

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