Athula Samarasekera started his cricket career at Mahinda College, Galle, where he had his education. Then he joined the Colombo Cricket Club where he subsequently became a permanent fixture of the team.
Athula currently lives in Victoria with his family. He works as a coach and teaches young cricketers in the art of batting and bowling. Tall and correct, he was an aggressive batsman and more than handy bowler, but failed to make his mark in international cricket with the limited opportunities he got.