Ruchira Palliyaguruge (born 22 January 1968) is a Sri Lankan umpire and a former first-class cricketer. Ruchira played for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Saracens Sports Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Old Cambrian Sports Club. 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 Shaman Akmeemana Palliyaguruge
|Born||22 January 1968|
Matara, Sri Lanka
|Tests umpired||9 (2018–2021)|
|ODIs umpired||88 (2011–2023)|
|T20Is umpired||40 (2011–2022)|
|WODIs umpired||14 (2013–2022)|
|WT20Is umpired||3 (2016)|
Source: Cricinfo, 6 March 2023
Ruchira Palliyaguruge's debut One Day International (ODI) umpiring was between Sri Lanka and Australia at Hambantota in 2011. 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. He made his Twenty20 debut on 17 August 2004, for Panadura Sports Club in the 2004 SLC Twenty20 Tournament.
He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He stood in the final of the 2016 Asia Cup. In November 2016 he won Sri Lanka Cricket's award for International Umpire of the Year. In 2018, in the 2nd Test Between Bangladesh and West Indies in Dhaka Palliyaguruge stood his first match as a Test umpire.
In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In February 2022, he was named as one of the on-field umpires for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
- ^ ESPN Cricinfo: Ruchira Palliyaguruge
- ^ ESPN Cricinfo.com: Umpire and referee records
- ^ Umpires claim ICC Panel not selected on merit
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- ^ "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.
- ^ "Asia Cup, Final: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Mar 6, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- ^ "Mathews, Chandimal declare fitness for South Africa tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- ^ "Dialog Cricket Awards 2016: List of award winners". Cricket Machan. 1 December 2016.
- ^ "Paliyaguruge stood as a test umpire". ESPNCricinfo.
- ^ "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- ^ "Eight women among 15 Match Officials named for ICC World Cup 2022". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
- ^ "Match officials chosen for ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 February 2022.