Sri Lanka Cricket in a media release said its deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka’s first Test Captain.
We wish to express our condolences to the family at this difficult time on behalf of Sri Lanka’s Cricketing fraternity.
Warnapura who led Sri Lanka to 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 and 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.
Warnapura, an old boy of Nalanda College opened batting for Sri Lanka and represented the country in 4 Test matches and 12 One Day Internationals, besides taking 8 wickets in ODI’s bowling medium pace.
Bandula Warnapura who was 68 years old at the time of passing away, leaves behind his beloved wife, daughter, two sons and grandchildren.