Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy
The death occurred on Wednesday evening of former Dharmaraja College cricket captain Chaminda Wickremasinghe. He succumbed to a heart attack at the young age of 38.
Wickremasinghe played for the Dharmaraja First XI from 1994 and captained the team in 1996/97. An all-rounder who batted in the middle-order, his chief claim to fame was as a left-arm pace cum spin bowler. He returned his best ever figures in the match against Sri Sumangala, Panadura when he captured 6-29 and 8-89 for match figures of 14 for 118.
His 1997 team drew the Big Match but made amends by winning the one-day game. On leaving school, he played a season of Sara Trophy cricket for Kandy Cricket Club.
At the time of his demise, he was Chief Accountant at Lagon Hotel. He had earlier worked at Earl’s Regency. He leaves behind his wife and two young children.
A simple, unassuming person, Chaminda’s untimely death is a source of great sadness and shock to the cricket community in Kandy.
The funeral will take place at Ambatenna on Saturday.