Ruchira Palliyaguruge

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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Personal information
Full nameRuchira Shaman Akmeemana Palliyaguruge
Born (1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 51)
Matara, Sri Lanka
RoleUmpire
Umpiring information
Tests umpired2 (2018–2019)
ODIs umpired71 (2011–2018)
T20Is umpired32 (2011–2018)
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 March 2019

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, Saracens Sports Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Old Cambrian 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 also over 4000 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] In 2018, in the 2nd Test Between Bangladesh and West Indies in Dhaka Palliyaguruge stood his first match as a Test umpire.[8]

In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[9][10]

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  1. ^ ESPN Cricinfo: Ruchira Palliyaguruge
  2. ^ ESPN Cricinfo.com: Umpire and referee records
  3. ^ Umpires claim ICC Panel not selected on merit
  4. ^ "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". ICC Cricket. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Asia Cup, Final: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Mar 6, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Mathews, Chandimal declare fitness for South Africa tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Dialog Cricket Awards 2016: List of award winners". Cricket Machan. 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Paliyaguruge stood as a test umpire". ESPNCricinfo.
  9. ^ "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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