Wayamba United

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Wayamba United
Captain Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene
Coach Australia Trevor Bayliss
Owner Wadhawan Holdings Private Limited
Team information
City Kurunegala
Colours      Green      Blue      White
Founded 2012
Dissolved 2012
Home ground Welagedara Stadium
Capacity 10,000
SLPL wins none

Wayamba United was a franchise cricket team that took part in Sri Lanka Premier League, representing North Western Province. Wadhawan Holdings Private Limited purchased the team for $5.02 million in 2012. They was owned for seven years, after which a new agreement may be negotiated.[1]


Wayamba cricket team was a Sri Lankan first class cricket team based in Kurunegala, that represented North Western Province. It drew cricketers from Sri Lanka Premier Trophy. The team competed in two provincial tournaments: the first class cricket competition known as the Inter-Provincial Tournament, and the Twenty20 competition known as the Inter-Provincial Twenty20. Also Wayamba province cricket team became joint champions with Kandurata in the 2007/08 Inter-Provincial Limited overs tournament after the finals match drawn due to rain.[2]

The Wayamba cricket team featured in the both 2009 and 2010 editions of the Champions League Twenty20 as the Wayamba elevens.

Home ground[edit]

Welagedara Stadium in Kurunegala

Welagedara Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Kurunegala, in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka, which is situated about 100 km north east of Kandy. The stadium is currently used mostly for cricket matches and is the home ground of Wayamba cricket team. The stadium can hold at least 10,000 spectators. Since its wicket had been replaced from a matting wicket to a turf one it has become one of the best batting wickets in the country.[3] It was officially declared open by the then Minister of Home Affairs, Justice Felix Dias Bandaranaike in 1972. Welagedara stadium hosted its first international match when Pakistan played there in 1985. In recent times it has regularly hosted international tour matches, unofficial test matches and U19 one-day games. The ground is an extremely picturesque one, with the giant 'Elephant Rock' forming a dramatic back-drop to the ground. It also has historic value being situated in an important location for when Kurunegala was an important Kingdom, King Bhuvanaikabahu VI, would address his subjects from the press box beneath the Elephant Rock.[3] Even though it has a lot of amenities, the Welagedara Stadium is not going to be used for the 2012 SLPL tournament.

Current squad[edit]

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, the icon player of the franchise

Coach: Trevor Bayliss was named as the head of the franchise for the 2012 edition of the SLPL.[4]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
27 Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka (1977-05-27) 27 May 1977 (age 40) Right-handed Right-arm medium Captain
23 Umar Akmal Pakistan (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 27) Right-handed
28 Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 28) Left-handed
Nimesh Perera - jnr Sri Lanka (1982-01-09) 9 January 1982 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Colin Ingram South Africa (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 31) Left-handed
11 Azhar Mahmood Pakistan (1975-02-28) 28 February 1975 (age 42) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
12 Abdul Razzaq Pakistan (1979-12-02) 2 December 1979 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
34 Milinda Siriwardana Sri Lanka (1985-12-04) 4 December 1985 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox
66 Kaushalya Weeraratne Sri Lanka (1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 36) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
88 Shehan Jayasuriya Sri Lanka (1991-09-12) 12 September 1991 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm off break
196 Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan (1980-10-17) 17 October 1980 (age 36) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Malinda Pushpakumara Sri Lanka (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 (age 30) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
James Faulkner Australia (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm medium
8 Kushal Janith Perera Sri Lanka (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 26) Left-handed
17 Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka (1989-11-18) 18 November 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break
158 Kamran Akmal Pakistan (1982-01-13) 13 January 1982 (age 35) Right-handed
10 Akila Dananjaya Sri Lanka (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break
31 Brad Hogg Australia (1971-02-06) 6 February 1971 (age 46) Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman
67 Chathuranga Kumara Sri Lanka (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
96 Isuru Udana Sri Lanka (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Dilesh Gunaratne Sri Lanka (1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 28) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium
Suranga Lakmal Sri Lanka (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Alankara Asanka Silva Sri Lanka (1985-04-04) 4 April 1985 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Kemar Roach Barbados (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka (1974-01-27) 27 January 1974 (age 43) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium


  1. ^ "Indian companies among SLPL-franchise owners". CricInfo. ESPN. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (14 January 2008). "Teams share trophy as rain ruins final". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Welagedara Stadium | Sri Lanka | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Waqar joins Afridi as head coach of Ruhuna". Cricket.Org.PK. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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