EM – Sri Lanka’s first test captain Bandula Warrapura is dead

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Bandula was the captain of Sri Lanka’s first Test against England in Colombo in 1982, playing three Tests and 12 ODIs. However, his impressive cricket career was interrupted when he received a life ban in 1982-83 for touring apartheid South Africa with a rebel team.

Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka’s first test captain who later became national coach and administrator, died while receiving treatment in a private Colombo hospital.

The 68-year-old former cricketer was admitted to intensive care after seeing him had been diagnosed with high sugar levels that were hampering blood flow.

Bandula was the captain of Sri Lanka’s first Test against England in Colombo in 1982, playing three Tests and 12 ODIs. However, his impressive cricket career was interrupted when he was suspended for life in 1982/83 for touring apartheid South Africa with a rebel team.

In 1991, however, Bandula returned to cricket as national coach and administrator of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board return. He was named Director of Coaching in 1994 and later Director of Operations, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in 2001.

Bandula also worked as an ICC match referee and referee, and in 2001 directed two Tests and three ODIs. He was also the Asian Cricket Council Development Director.

Bandula was an inaugural batsman and medium-paced bowler who led Sri Lanka to victory over India during the World Cricket Championship on June 16, 1979. This was the only victory that Sri Lanka, then associate member, achieved during the 1979 World Cup.

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