Goodbye super fan Percy

Goodbye super fan Percy

Sri Lanka mascot and super fan Percy Abeysekara, affectionately known as Uncle Percy, has died aged 87.

Percy had been a fixture at Sri Lankan cricket matches for more than five decades but gained global prominence during the 1996 World Cup, particularly when he was seen parading the Sri Lanka flag around the ground at Lahore following Sri Lanka’s victory in the final.

Renowned for his rhyming English-language chants and witty exchanges with players—both Sri Lankan cricketers and foreigners—Percy was beloved in Sri Lankan grounds in particular but was frequently seen wherever Sri Lanka toured, particularly during Test matches. He was among the first generation of traveling superfans.

“It is with great sadness that I hear our beloved Uncle Percy has met his maker. You were the first super fan and for all of us, you will always be special. Said former Sri Lankan Skipper Sanath Jayasoriya
Although Percy was a steadfast Sri Lanka supporter, he would frequently jibe at players from his own team, especially when they made fielding errors near the boundary. Often, this would be for the entertainment of the home crowd, who frequently joined in. Percy also came up with rhyming couplets for specific players, depending on the match he was following.

Sri Lanka Cricket had made a substantial donation to Percy in recent months in order to assist him with medical costs. He died after several days in hospital.

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