|Full name||Ruchira Shaman Akmeemana Palliyaguruge|
22 January 1968 |
Matara, Sri Lanka
|ODIs umpired||39 (2011–2017)|
|T20Is umpired||27 (2011–2016)|
|Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 5 February 2017|
Ruchira 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 Sri Lanka and Australia at Hambantota in 2011. 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.
He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He stood in the final of the 2016 Asia Cup. In November 2016 he won Sri Lanka Cricket's award for International Umpire of the Year.
- ESPN Cricinfo: Ruchira Palliyaguruge
- ESPN Cricinfo.com: Umpire and referee records
- Umpires claim ICC Panel not selected on merit
- "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". ICC Cricket. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "Asia Cup, Final: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Mar 6, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- "Mathews, Chandimal declare fitness for South Africa tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "Dialog Cricket Awards 2016: List of award winners". Cricket Machan. 1 December 2016.
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