"Sri Lankan Cricket Mourns: Fond Farewell to 'Uncle Percy,' the Heartbeat of Cricket Cheers"

A profound sense of loss envelopes the heart of Sri Lankan cricket as it says its final goodbye to Percy Abeysekera, a cherished figure affectionately known as 'Uncle Percy.' Today, at 4 PM, the General Cemetery Kanatta in Borella will be a somber setting for a funeral that honors Uncle Percy's decades-long legacy of unwavering support for Sri Lankan cricket.

For over seven decades, Uncle Percy has been the one-man cheer squad, his Lion Flag proudly waving at cricket matches, creating an indelible image in the minds of players and fans alike. Known for his unique talent of crafting fantastic English rhymes, Uncle Percy forged a special bond with the cricketing community. At the age of 87, he bid a final adieu, leaving a significant void in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts.

His body rests at the VIP Respect Parlor of Jayaratne until 4 PM, followed by cremation at the Borella General Cemetery. The absence of Uncle Percy is deeply felt, and his iconic Lion Flag will not flutter in quite the same way during Sri Lankan matches. To pay tribute to his enduring support, both Sri Lankan and Indian cricketers in the ICC World Cup Cricket match at Wankhede will wear black armbands—a gesture of high esteem from the cricketing community.

Uncle Percy's impact extended beyond national boundaries. Earlier this year, during the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, Indian captain Rohit Sharma visited Uncle Percy at his home, underscoring the strong bond and respect they shared. Today, amidst tears and heartfelt goodbyes, Sri Lanka cricket bids adieu to a legend. Uncle Percy's infectious enthusiasm, witty rhymes, and the Lion Flag he proudly waved will be sorely missed, leaving an indelible mark on the cricketing world. His spirit will endure in the cherished memories of all who knew and admired this extraordinary cricket supporter.

In conclusion, as the final chapter unfolds for the legendary 'Uncle Percy,' the soul of Sri Lankan cricket mourns the departure of a stalwart supporter. Today's farewell at the General Cemetery Kanatta marks the end of an era, leaving behind an immense void in the cricketing community. Uncle Percy's seven-decade legacy as the one-man cheer squad, with his Lion Flag fluttering proudly, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of players and fans alike.

As Uncle Percy's body rests in the VIP Respect Parlor of Jayaratne, and the cricketing world bids adieu, his absence will be keenly felt. The symbolic gesture of both Sri Lankan and Indian cricketers wearing black armbands in the ICC World Cup Cricket match at Wankhede serves as a poignant tribute, reflecting the high regard in which he was held.

Uncle Percy's influence transcended borders, exemplified by Indian captain Rohit Sharma's visit during the Asia Cup, highlighting the deep bond they shared. Today, amidst tears and heartfelt goodbyes, Sri Lanka cricket not only loses a fervent supporter but a cherished icon whose infectious enthusiasm, witty rhymes, and the iconic Lion Flag will be irreplaceable.

Uncle Percy's spirit lives on in the cherished memories of those who knew and admired him—a remarkable cricket enthusiast whose legacy will forever echo in the annals of Sri Lankan cricket history.