Annual MCA Open Six-a-side Cricket Tournament 2017 powered by CDB

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Handing over the sponsorship cheque, (L-R): Darshana Jayasinghe, Senior Assistant General Manager – Marketing – CDB, Sasindra Munasinghe, Director/ Chief Credit Officer – CDB, Damith Thennakoon, Director/ Chief Financial Officer/ Deputy Chief Executive Officer – CDB, Roshan Iddamalgoda, Senior Vice President – MCA, Nalin Wickramasinghe, General Secretary – MCA and Tarinda Kaluperuma, Secretary Tournament Committee – MCA


Award winning Non-Banking Financial Institution entity, Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) partners the Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA) this year, as sponsor of the extremely popular MCA Open Cricket “Sixes” 2017.

The tournament will take place during the weekend of 05th and 06th August with nearly 60 top mercantile teams participating. The tournament will be conducted in two segments – Tier “A” for the MCA Premier League, “B” & “C” divisions on turf and Tier “B” for Divisions “D”/”E” “F” & “G” on matting.

On the first day, the turf matches will be played at the P. Sara Oval and matting matches at MCA, Thurstan, Wesley and Mattegoda simultaneously, commencing at 8.30 am. On Sunday, the turf matches from the Quarter Finals onwards will be played at the MCA and matting matches played at Thurstan and Wesley simultaneously commencing at 9 am.

Both Finals will be played at the MCA.  The two matting finalists who emerge from the Thurstan and Wesley Finals will play their final at the MCA. CDB which is an undisputed trailblazer in the NBFI sector is pleased with the newest partnership it has formed with the MCA in uplifting talent in the sporting arena.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Director/Chief Financial Officer of CDB Damith Thennakoon says, “Being a financial entity that serves both the rural and urban communities through a network of 69 branches across the country, we have always believed that Sri Lankans around the country have immense talent in every competency and it is only a matter of giving them the opportunity to unleash their full potential.   Joining the MCA to spotlight cricket which is a sport followed passionately in Sri Lanka and has been the nurturing ground for many of our high ranking cricketers’ talent-spotted from around the country is truly exciting. This partnership with the MCA strengthens our commitment to develop holistic well rounded individuals, who will contribute positively in multiple ways.”

Given CDB’s stature as both a leading contributor to the country’s economy and a corporate steward evidenced by its focus on enriching the lives of people from various demographics, the strong belief in environmental stewardship and social inclusivity augments the Company’s need to continually uplift people.

This sponsorship of the annual MCA Open Cricket Sixes Tournament reiterates the Company’s holistic commitment in developing strong and long lasting relationships, spotlighting individual talent and contributing towards meeting national goals in multiple dimensions.

The five special awards on offer are for the Best Batsman and Bowler, Batsman with Highest Number of Sixes in the Tournament, Player of the Final and Player of the Tournament.

The presentation of the Official Sponsorship took place on Wednesday, 26th July, at the MCA Fine Dining Restaurant, with Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Director/Chief Financial Officer and of CDB Damith Thennakoon handing over the sponsorship package to Senior Vice President of the MCA Roshan Iddamalgoda.

Also present from CDB were Director/Chief Credit Officer Sasindra Munasinghe,  Senior Asst. General Manager (Marketing)  Darshana Jayasinghe, Senior Vice President Roshan Iddamalgoda, General Secretary,  Nalin Wickremasinghe, and Tournament Secretary, Tarinda Kaluperuma from the MCA.