The ongoing Lanka Premier League has a unique combination of four pairs of brothers either taking part as players or officials in the tournament.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Chaturanga De Silva are brothers, and both Sri Lanka National players, currently playing for Jaffna Stallions, as all-rounders and have even batted together during the tournament.
Hasaranga is the younger of the two, and both of them are happy that they have got an opportunity to represent the same team in a tournament of this magnitude.
Joining them are Vishwa and Nuwanidu Fernando. Vishwa, the senior out of the two, has already represented the country in all formats, whilst Nuwanidu, is a First-class player.
Vishwa is playing for Kandy Tuskers, whilst Nuwanidu is representing the Jaffna Stallions but is yet to play a game.
Another pair of Brothers in the LPL is the Labrooy brothers, both of whom are in the Match Referee Panel.
Out of the two, Graeme is the senior and has represented Sri Lanka in both Tests and ODIs, whilst Wendell, the younger Labrooy, toured with the Sri Lanka ODI team to take part in a triangular tournament in Sharjah in the 2000s. He has also played in the Hong Kong Sixers.
They have also achieved the rare feet of representing the International Panel of ICC Match Referees at the same time. Graeme’s first LPL outing took place in the inaugural game of the tournament, whilst his brother got into action on the 27th November, officiating in the Jaffna Stallions vs Galle Gladiators game.
The Kottahachchi brothers are the 4th pair of the brothers at the LPL.
They come from a family of 4 brothers and all of them, officiate as Umpires in Sri Lanka’s First-Class Cricketing circle.
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Rohitha, the senior out of the two brothers officiating at the LPL is a former First-Class cricketer and has been a First-Class Umpire since the year 2000, currently serving on SLC’s Premier Umpiring Panel.
His younger brother, Ravindra is also a former First Class Cricketer, was elevated as a First Class Umpire in 2006, and currently serves in the Premier Umpiring Panel of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The younger Kottahachchi started his LPL duties by appearing as the 4th Umpire during a game between Kandy Tuskers and Dambulla Viiking, while Rohitha Kottahachchi officiated the Galle Gladiators vs Colombo Kings game as the on-field umpire on the 28th of November 2020.