Sri Lankans are about to start their first Test tour to Zimbabwe after not so famous, but quite significant 2004 Test series. This tour, 12 years ago, was a landmark one especially for Muttiah Muralitharan, who surpassed Courtney Walsh as the highest wicket taker in Tests while it was an ill-fated affair for the hosts. The hosts had to field a young team of virtually unknowns as senior players had gone on a strike for a number of disputes with Zimbabwe Cricket and thus had to play under a rookie captain in Tatenda Taibu with a handful of Test matches under his name, who was merely 21 by then.
When I was 9, in grade 4, there was this Sinhala Day, which is kind of a language day, held annually, in Primary section. There were many competitions among the array of designated events before the main event, such as Essay Writing, Dictation, Reciting Sinhala verses, Kavi, and Singing songs as well as a Drama competition.
So for selecting students there was a mini competition among the classes conducted by the respective class teachers and students were selected upon according to the highest marks obtained and for Singing and Reciting it was her judgment that selected students.