The last rites of Sri Lanka's first Test cricket captain Bandula Warnapura will be performed today (19) at 4.30 pm at Borella Cemetery.
Bandula Warnapura, who had been ill for some time, underwent foot surgery last week and was 68 years old at the time of his death.
Sri Lanka's first Test captain Bandula Warnapura today finished his innings with the honor of batting first and scoring the first run for Sri Lanka.
Bandula Warnapura, an alumnus of Nalanda College, Colombo, joined the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team as a opening batsman.
He was also a member of the Sri Lankan ODI team that won the first ODI at the 1975 World Cup.
Bandula was also instrumental in Sri Lanka's first ODI victory in 1979.
Bandula Warnapura, who later captained the Sri Lankan team, captained Sri Lanka in the first international Test match in 1982 and has the honor of batting first and scoring the first run in a Test match for Sri Lanka.
However, his international Test career came to an abrupt halt.
That was in 1983 due to a cricket tour of South Africa, which was banned at the time due to racism.
Sri Lanka Cricket has imposed a 25-year ban on all cricketers, including Bandula Warnapura, for the same offense.
At that time he had played only 4 Tests and 12 ODIs.
However, after 07 years, the ban was lifted and Bandula was given the opportunity to actively contribute to cricket.
Although he ended his career as a cricketer, he later served extensively in international cricket as a coach, administrator and official of the International Cricket Council.
Bandula Warnapura later became one of the most popular cricket commentators in Sri Lanka due to his unique role as a cricket commentator.