Why are Sri Lankans players wearing black armbands in ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match vs India?

For the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 game against India, the Sri Lankan team was seen wearing black armbands at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Lankans decided to wear these  armbands  to pay tribute to the late Percy Abeysekera aka Uncle Percy, a Sri Lankan super fan.

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Uncle Percy passed away on October 30 after a prolonged illness. The 87-year-old Sri Lankan followed the game since his childhood and was a hardcore fan of his national team. Percy Abeysekera was first seen supporting the Sri Lankan team in the 1979 World Cup and has been with the team ever since.

Check out the Sri Lankan team with the  black armbands here:

 

Indian captain Rohit Sharma also expressed condolences to the family of Uncle Percy during the press conference ahead of the India-Sri Lanka game. Sharma shared a great relationship with the Sri Lankan super fan and even visited him during the recent Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka.

Also Read: Sri Lanka superfan Uncle Percy passes away after prolonged illness

Speaking in the press conference, Sharma said, “When I went with the Indian team for the first time to Sri Lanka in 2008, I saw him then for the first time and saw how passionate he was.  I got lucky and went to meet his family- his son, and his grandson. His family is very sweet, and I went with a few of my team members as well.”

“It’s a sad loss to the cricketing fraternity because in my eyes he was the number one supporter of cricket at that point in time. There are so many fans now. But the first ever cricket fan I saw was him. It’s a sad moment for all of us.”

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