Thilanga Sumathipala

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The Honourable
Thilanga Sumathipala
Member of Parliament
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
Personal details
Born (1964-05-03) May 3, 1964 (age 50)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Spouse(s) Samadara Sumathipala
Children Udhantha, Dulantha, Sajantha
Residence 59, Ananda Rajakaruna Mw,
Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.
Alma mater Nalanda College Colombo
Occupation Politics
Profession Businessman
Website Thilanga Sumathipala

Uduwatuwage Janath Priya Thilanga Sumathipala MP (born 3 May 1964) (known as Thilanga Sumathipala) is a Member of Parliament representing the Colombo District.

He was a former member of the Western Provincial Council

Sri Lanka Freedom Party chief organiser for the Borella Electorate in Colombo District.

Chairman of the Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretariat Development Coordination Committee.

He is also the managing director of one of the largest private corporate groups Sumathi Group of companies in Sri Lanka. He is one of leading business magnates in Sri Lanka.

He chaired two telecommunication companies namely Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd from 2002 to 2004.

Thilanga was the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka from 1997–1998, 2000–2001 and 2003–2004.

Was the director of the International Cricket Council in 1998–2000.

Was the president of the Asian Cricket Council in 1997–1998.

Chairman of the Asian Cricket Committee in 2000–2001.

He received his education at Nalanda College Colombo and London College of Communication,UK.. While at school Thilanga excelled in cricket and was the vice captain of the college First XI team in 1982.

He was given a rigorous imprisonment for 2 years in 2007 for aiding and abetting Dammika Perera-a criminal implicated in 28 murders- to obtain a forge passport under the fake name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.[1]Sumathipala,the chairman of the Board of Cricket of that time has co-signed a letter with another officer to arrange 1500 Sterling Pounds to release to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage under which name the underworld criminal Dammika Perera went to England.[2]Later he was acquitted on an appeal.

No person who is an employee of a newspaper.......shall hold the office in the Sri Lanka Cricket Control Board (SLBCC).[3]Neither a person who has any association with Betting, Gaming or Gambling business.[4]However,Sumathipala while precceding the chair of the SLBCC was also the managing director of Sumathi Newspapers and has confirmed that he was the owner of a Book Making Business producing an affidavit to the British Courts.[5]"I am a bookmaker. That is my job. So I cannot get mathematics wrong," Sumathipala said in a tape-recorded interview.[6]

Later,Sumathipala declared that he divested these interests in Gaming and that the business is run buy the members of his family now.However,the ICC Code of Ethics further states that even family involment in gambling disqualify the person.[7]


  1. ^ Sri Lankas former King maker, Cricket board boss, Telecom chairman Thilanga Sumathipala convicted for a 2 year jail term after a long drawn out case .Jayawardhana Walter. Lanka Web News. Available online
  2. ^ A man on borrowed time. The Sunday Leader, 09 Nov., 2003. Vol 10. Issue 17
  3. ^ Sri Lanka Cricket Constitution. Section 31(General) b
  4. ^ ICC Code of Ethics.Section 7(d)
  5. ^ Sri Lanka Cricket heading in the right direction.Faraz shauketaly.Available online.
  6. ^ Sri Lanka Board in gambling Claims.BBC News.Available at
  7. ^ ICC Code of Ethics.Section 7(d)