Ruchira Shaman Akmeemana Palliyaguruge (born 22 January 1968) is a Sri Lankan umpire and a former first-class cricketer. Ruchira Palliyaguruge played for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Old Cambrians Sports Club, Saracens Sports Club. Palliyaguruge bowled right-arm medium pace and batted right-handed. Playing mostly club cricket, he has over 200 first-class wickets to his name and 4,000 runs in a career that began in 1989/90.
Ruchira Palliyaguruge's debut One Day International (ODI) umpiring was between West Indies v Australia at Kingstown in March 2012. Ruchira's umpiring career has been marked with controversy. According to an article in The Sunday Times: Senior cricket umpires have petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket that umpires such as Ruchira Palliyaguruge named for the ICC Panel have not been done according to merit.