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Sri Lanka’s first test captain Bandula Warnapura dies at age 68 | Cricket News

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s first test cricket captain Bandula Warnapura died Monday at the city hospital here at the age of 68.
According to local media reports, Warnapura amputated his right leg earlier this month after being diagnosed with hyperglycemia, blocking blood circulation.
A well-crafted opening batter, Warnapura was also a medium-paced bowler.
Not only did he lead the Sri Lankan side in his first test match against England in February 1982, but he also faced the first ball and won the island nation’s first run. He also set a rare record of opening batting and bowling (2 innings) in the same game.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) condolences.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka’s first test captain,” SLC chief Shammi Silva said in a statement.

“He was a good cricket player, manager, coach, commentator, and most of all, his death is a huge loss to the cricket community.

“But I am confident that his name and deeds will remain in our hearts forever. May he achieve the highest bliss of Nibana,” the statement read.

Warnapra, a sentimental hero of cricket in Sri Lanka, represented his country with four tests and 12 ODIs between 1975 and 1982.

He did a commendable job of leading Sri Lanka during their formation.
However, after deciding to tour South Africa’s apartheid with a team of rebels in 1982-83, he was handed a life ban by Sri Lankan cricket.

He later served as coach and manager for the national team at Cricket, Sri Lanka.



Sri Lanka’s first test captain Bandula Warnapura dies at age 68 | Cricket News

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