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The great cricket personality dies at 68

The great cricket personality dies at 68

Sri Lanka’s first Test captain, coach, and administrator, Bandula Warnapura, has died at the age of 68 at one of the private hospitals in Colombo. It is understood that the player was struggling with diabetes and was rushed into ICU last week following a spike in his blood sugar levels.

Notably, he briefly recovered before his situation worsened. The dead cricketer has left behind a widowed wife, a daughter, two sons, and grandchildren.

As the Sri Lanka Cricket Team rivaled Namibia in Group stage, Round 1 match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 today, the players wore black bands on their arms tributing Warnapura, the first-ever Sri Lanka Test skipper. Nation’s U19 team, which underwent Youth ODI in Dambulla versus Bangladesh, also wore the same bands in tribute.

Warnapura had played 12 ODIs, and four Tests in his international career of seven years (1975-1982). He captained the side in 8 ODIs, and all Tests including the team’s first Test that took place in 1982 against England.

He had the honor of leading his nation when it first became a full-fledged playing nation. The opening batter, with opening solid tactics, also had abilities to bowl medium-fast deliveries. He merely had a chance to score big in any of the four tests as 38 was his highest score in Sri Lanka’s inaugural test. Warnapura’s bowling abilities in ODI format were way more sound than his batting.

He was part of several cricket and selection committees during his regime with SLC. He has also served in a coaching capacity in the 1990s. Most notably, he was a director of operations at SLC in the early 2000s. In 2008, he retired from his role at SLC to serve as development manager of the Asian Cricket Council.

Former Sri Lankan players have sorrowed over his passing away:

 

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