Sports-loving President Mahinda Rajapaksa came in for high praise from the sports-loving public for requesting the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation to relay ball by ball commentaries on the on- going Test and one-day series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
In the past live commentaries were relayed only in English, with Sinhala and Tamil commentators giving a short resume during breaks or at the close of play. The man President Rajapaksa put in charge to see to the Tamil broadcast was Moors Sports Club stalwart A.H.M Azwer. Azwer has donned pads in the broadcasting business, relaying spots during the game in the past.
Azwer, a Presidential Advisor is well versed in every aspect of the game and his no punches pulled comments,intelligent reading of situations and smooth flow describing of what is happening out in the middle has been well received by listeners.
Thanks to the President, the broadcast in Tamil goes islandwide and every cricket fan in far off places is able to listen and know what goes on in the cricket.
Azwer is captaining an efficient commentary team in J. Yogaraja, A. R. M. Jiffrey and N. M. Raja. What this foursome do not know about the game is not worth knowing. It is not easy describing the positions in the field and several other aspects.But this team has endeavoured to keep the listeners glued to their radio sets with comments and descriptions of high class.
Sri Lanka Cricket headed by yet another Presidential Advisor and chairman D. Somachandra de Silva has given Azwer and his team all encouragement to excel in their chosen field of sport.