Sobers is Sri Lanka's special guest

The greatest all-round cricketer the game has ever produced, Sir Garfield Sobers, will attend the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka which starts in Colombo on Thursday.

Sir Garry will be a guest of Sri Lanka Cricket during his week long stay there and will be a guest of honour at the P. Sara Oval from Oct. 22-26.

West Indies crumbled to a pathetic innings and six run defeat to Sri Lanka inside four days in their opening Test at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday.

This series is played for a trophy named after Sir Garry and Michael Tissera of Sri Lanka. They were the rival captains when Sri Lanka played West Indies in an unofficial Test match at the P. Sara Oval in 1967.

“We are honoured to have Sir Garry as our guest. We will treat him like a king,” said Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny.

As Sir Garry, 79, was also the coach of the Sri Lanka team for the 1983 World Cup in England, Wettimuny who was a member of that side said that the players who represented the country at that World Cup would also be invited for the occasion.

Sobers scored 8032 runs (avg. 57.78), took 236 wickets (avg. 34.08) and held 109 catches in the 93 Tests he played for West Indies.