Ruchira Palliyaguruge

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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Personal information
Full name Ruchira Shaman Akmeemana Palliyaguruge
Born (1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 49)
Matara, Sri Lanka
Role Umpire
Umpiring information
ODIs umpired 52 (2011–2017)
T20Is umpired 29 (2011–2017)
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 18 October 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[4] He stood in the final of the 2016 Asia Cup.[5] In November 2016 he won Sri Lanka Cricket's award for International Umpire of the Year.[6][7]

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