Roshan Mahanama

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Roshan Mahanama
රොෂාන් මහානාම
Personal information
Full nameRoshan Siriwardene Mahanama
Born (1966-05-31) 31 May 1966 (age 55)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 36)14 March 1986 v Pakistan
Last Test27 March 1998 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 45)2 March 1986 v Pakistan
Last ODI30 May 1999 v Kenya
Domestic team information
1988/89–1992Colombo Cricket Club
1994/95–1998/99Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 52 213 137 253
Runs scored 2,576 5,162 6,698 6,472
Batting average 29.27 29.49 34.40 30.96
100s/50s 4/11 4/35 12/31 6/42
Top score 225 119* 225 119*
Balls bowled 36 2 36 2
Wickets 0 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 56/– 109/– 136/- 121/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 30 November 2015

Deshabandu Roshan Siriwardene Mahanama (Sinhala: රොෂාන් මහානාම; born 31 May 1966 in Colombo) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and a former ICC match referee.[1] He was a key member for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team for Sri Lanka. He is the first man to have stood as a match referee in a day-night test match in Test history.[2]

In September 2015, Mahanama said that he would step down from the ICC match referee panel at the end of the year; he will spend his time with his family and his businesses.[3][4] He was regarded as one of the finest match referees at international cricket and was also deemed as one of the finest fielders during his playing days.[5] He was popularly nicknamed as the Jonty Rhodes of Sri Lanka.[6] In 2021, he was appointed as one of the members in the selection committee and technical advisory committee panel of Sri Lanka Cricket led by Aravinda de Silva.[7][8]

School cricket[edit]

Roshan began playing cricket at school level representing Nalanda College and went onto captain his school cricket team. He soon rose to prominence as a popular schoolboy cricketer with his unbeaten knock of 145 runs in the Annual Big Match against arch-rivals Ananda College.[9] His performances at school cricket earned him the Observer Schoolboy Cricket of the Year awards for two successive years in 1983 and 1984.[10][11]

International career[edit]

Roshan is the 36th Sri Lankan test cap where he played against Pakistan at Colombo in 1985/86.[12]

Although he averaged less than 30 at Test cricket, he did score four centuries, including a top score of 225 for the Sri Lankan cricket team against India at Colombo, where he shared a then world record second wicket partnership of 576 runs with Sanath Jayasuriya.[13][14][15] This record was surpassed in July 2006 as the largest partnership in Test match history by fellow Sri Lankans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who put on 624 against South Africa.[16] The partnership between Jayasuriya-Mahanama still stands as the highest partnership for the second wicket in Test cricket.[17]

Mahanama established himself as stylish opening batsman in the late 1980s & early 1990s under the captaincy of Aravinda de Silva. In the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Roshan Mahanama was selected as opening batsman along with M.A.R. Samarasekera & U.C. Hathurusingha, scoring 59 runs off 89 balls v.s. Zimbabwe, 80 runs off 131 balls v.s. New Zealand & 68 runs off 121 balls v.s. South Africa. He captained the depleted Sri Lankan team at the 1994 Austral-Asia Cup which was held in Sharjah whereas main players such as Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.[18] He played a key pivotal role in Sri Lanka's maiden triumph at an ICC Cricket World Cup event which came in 1996 where Sri Lanka crowned as unbeaten winners of the tournament defeating Australia in the final by 6 wickets which was held in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.[19][20][21]

'Retired hurt' is common parlance in cricket, but that is the name former Sri Lankan cricketer Roshan Mahanama chose for his biography, reflecting his feelings after he was not considered for selection in the ODIs and Tests, following the team's disastrous showing in the 1999 World Cup.[22][23]

The authorities told Mahanama that he was dropped to groom young talent. But then players older than him found a place, and that hurt the veteran. As a matter of principle and self-respect he decided to retire. These facts are mentioned in the book 'Retired hurt,' penned by noted Australian sports chronicler Ken Piesse, based on 40 hours of taped narration on Roshan's experience on and off the field.[24] He featured in four ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments in 1987, 1992, 1996 and 1999 during his international career and retired from international cricket following the 1999 World Cup.

Match referee[edit]

Following his retirement from international cricket in 1999, Roshan Mahanama made the transition into becoming an International Cricket Council match referee. He made his debut as a match referee in the ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh in Kingstown 2004. In the same series, he made his Test debut and to date, he has refereed in 61 Tests. On 21 October 2014 during ODI series between New Zealand and South Africa, Roshan Mahanama entered the elite group of match referees who have officiated 200+ matches.[25]

Mahanama stepped down [26] from the job of being a match referee from international cricket with his last appearance came in the last test match between New Zealand and Australia in 2015.[27] He joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 61 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35 T20Is till 15 September, including in three World Cups and the 2009 Champions Trophy. Mahanama became the first match referee to serve in a day-night Test match in the history of the game, where the pink ball was used for the first time as well.[28] He also served as a match referee at the 2020 Pakistan Super League and 2021 Pakistan Super League.[29][30]


In 2001, he was appointed as manager and head coach of Sri Lanka A team and Development squad.[31]

International Centuries[edit]

As an opener in the first few years at career, Mahanama was later moved to middle order rigid batsmen with the new openers Romesh Kaluwitharana and Sanath Jayasuriya due to the revolutionized batting display gave them the permanent opening positions. Anyway, until retirement, Mahanama has scored 4 Test centuries and 4 ODI centuries.

Outside cricket[edit]

He used to run pharmaceutical distribution business in Sri Lanka and also owns several startups including Zamon, an app which enables the consumers to order coffee and food from connected cafes.[32][2]

He was appointed as the brand ambassador of Hemas Outreach Foundation.[33][34] In 2017, following the request of Mahanama the Sri Lanka Army sponsored the establishment of Roshan Mahanama Primary School in Vavuniya.[35]


In his autobiography Retired Hurt which was published in 2001, he claimed that former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath racially abused veteran Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya by calling him as "black monkey" during an ODI match between Sri Lanka and Australia in 1996.[36] However, Glenn McGrath and Cricket Australia denied the allegations of racial abuse while McGrath also went onto threaten Mahanama that he would seek legal action against the book's release.[23] Former Australian cricketers Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh also ruled out the allegations calling Mahanama's claim as a publicity stunt.

Test Centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Roshan Mahanama

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test Centuries of Roshan Mahanama
Runs Match Against City, Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 153 15  New Zealand Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Tyronne Fernando Stadium 27 November 1992 Draw
[2] 109 16  New Zealand Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 6 December 1992 Won
[3] 151 20  India Colombo, Sri Lanka P. Saravanamuttu Stadium 4 August 1993 Draw
[4] 225 44  India Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 2 August 1997 Draw

ODI Centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the ODI centuries scored by Roshan Mahanama

ODI Centuries of Roshan Mahanama
Runs Match Against City, Country Venue Date Result
[1] 107 72  New Zealand Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 13 December 1992 Won
[2] 119* 108  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 3 November 1994 Won
[3] 108 109  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 5 November 1994 Won
[4] 101 124  West Indies Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 11 October 1995 Won

International match referee statistics[edit]

As of the 30 March 2016:

First Latest Total
Tests West Indies v Bangladesh at Gros Islet, 28 May 2004 Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide, 27 Nov 2015 61
ODIs West Indies v Bangladesh at Kingstown, 15 May 2004 South Africa v New Zealand at Durban, 26 Aug 2015 222
T20Is Australia v New Zealand at Perth, 11 Dec 2007 South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion, 16 Aug 2015 35

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Wankhede Stadium, Bombay 17 January 1987 1 Ct. ; 98 (91 balls: 7x4)  India won by 10 runs.[37]
2 New Zealand Bellerive Oval, Hobart 12 January 1988 1 Ct. ; 58 (83 balls: 4x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[38]
3 Pakistan Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 27 October 1988 3 Ct. ; 55 (92 balls: 3x4)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[39]
4 New Zealand P Sara Oval, Colombo 12 December 1992 2 Ct. ; 84* (109 balls: 7x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[40]
5 New Zealand R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 13 December 1992 107 (132 balls: 7x4)  Sri Lanka won by 31 runs.[41]
6 India Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa 14 August 1993 1 Ct. ; 92 (143 balls: 8x4)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[42]
7 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 3 November 1994 119* (142 balls: 8x4)  Sri Lanka won by 56 runs.[43]
8 West Indies Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 11 October 1995 101 (153 balls: 5x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 runs.[44]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Observer schoolboy cricketers Madugalle and Mahanama now International Match Referees!, Sunday Observer, 28 June 2009, retrieved 3 April 2012
  2. ^ a b "Roshan Mahanama: 10 facts about the Sri Lankan cricketer who donned many hats". Cricket Country. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
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  13. ^ World record-holder Mahanama Observer Schoolboy Cricketer in 1983 and 1984, Sunday Observer, 6 April 2008, archived from the original on 1 March 2012, retrieved 3 April 2012
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  25. ^ Mahanama becomes fourth match referee to achieve 200-ODI landmark, [1], 21 October 2014, retrieved 21 October 2014 External link in |publisher= (help)
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  29. ^ "Coronavirus: Roshan Mahanama to self-quarantine". CeylonToday. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  30. ^ "Roshan Mahanama among match-officials for PSL". Bdcrictime. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  31. ^ "Roshan Mahanama appointed A team coach". 19 September 2001. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  32. ^ "Player, match-referee, businessman - the many shoes of Roshan Mahanama". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  33. ^ "Hemasoutreach Ambassador | hemasoutreach". Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  34. ^ "Roshan Mahanama joins Hemas to gift Piyawara Pre-School to children of Veheratenna". Adaderana Biz English | Sri Lanka Business News. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  35. ^ "Roshan Mahanama Primary School in Weherathenna opened". Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  36. ^ "Five moments when racism reared its ugly head on the cricket field". The Indian Express. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
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  38. ^ "1987–1988 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup – 7th Match – New Zealand v Sri Lanka – Hobart".
  39. ^ "1988–1989 Wills Asia Cup – 1st Match – Pakistan v Sri Lanka – Dhaka (Dacca)".
  40. ^ "1992–1993 Sri Lanka v New Zealand – 2nd Match – Colombo".
  41. ^ "1992–1993 Sri Lanka v New Zealand – 3rd Match – Colombo".
  42. ^ "1993–1994 Sri Lanka v India – 3rd Match – Moratuwa".
  43. ^ "1994–1995 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka – 1st Match – Harare".
  44. ^ "1995–1996 Singer Champions Trophy – 1st Match – Sri Lanka v West Indies – Sharjah".

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