SLC expresses condolences over Bandula Warnapura’s passing
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed their condolences over the passing away of Sri Lanka’s first Test Captain, Bandula Warnapura.
Issuing a statement, SLC said Warnapura, who led Sri Lanka in its first-ever Test Match against England at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in 1982, was also a much respected Cricket Administrator having held the position of Director, Cricket Operations at SLC. He also served the Asian Cricket Council for many years.
"He was also a much admired cricket commentator and shared his wealth of knowledge and experience on the sport on several television platforms," SLC reminisced.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka national team will be wearing black arm bands during today’s T20 World Cup game against Namibia as a tribute to the late Warnapura.
The Sri Lanka U-19 team, currently playing the 2nd ODI against the Bangladesh U-19, is also wearing black arm bands for the same reason.
An old boy of Nalanda College, Warnapura opened batting for Sri Lanka and represented the country in four Test matches and 12 One Day Internationals, besides taking eight wickets in ODIs, bowling medium pace.
Warnapura who was 68 years old at the time of passing away, leaves behind his beloved wife, daughter, two sons and grandchildren.