SL's 1st Test Cricket captain Bandula Warnapura passes away

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 10:50 AM Oct 18 2021
Sports SL's 1st Test Cricket captain Bandula Warnapura passes away

Sri Lanka’s first Test cricket Captain, Bandula Warnapura has passed away at the age of 68.

Warnapura was receiving treatment at a hospital in Colombo at the time of his demise, reports say, after having had his leg amputated, following heart complications and with high sugar levels.

Bandula Warnapura had the honour of leading Sri Lanka when the country became a fully-fledged Test-playing country.

An opening batsman with a solid technique, Warnapura was also a capable medium-pace bowler.  

He captained Sri Lanka in the inaugural Test against England at the P Sara Oval in Colombo in 1982 and went on to play three more Tests and 12 ODIs before his career was cut short.

When he decided to tour South Africa with a rebel team in 1982-83, he was handed a life ban from Sri Lanka cricket. 

He later returned to cricket as an administrator and coach.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 10:50 AM Oct 18 2021

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