Sri Lanka Cricket recently (31st March) granted Annual Contracts for 18 First Class Umpires, thus marking the first time a contracted panel was appointed to officiate in First Class Games in Sri Lanka.
Among the umpires given contracts consists of 4 Umpires of the ICC International Panel of Umpires, 06 of the Emerging Panel of Umpires of Sri Lanka, and 08 Level One Umpires of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Mr. Raveendra Wimalasiri, Mr. Lyndon Hannibal, and Mr. Prageeth Rambukwella, members of the ICC International Panel of Umpires, received annual contracts from the SLC.
Mr. Keerthi Bandara, Mr. Deepal Gunawardena, Mr. Asanga Jayasuriya, Mr. Hemantha Botheju, Mr. Rohitha Kottahachchi, and Mr. Raveendra Kottahachchi, represents the Emerging Panel of Umpires of Sri Lanka.
Whilst Mr. Ranmore Martinesz, Mr. Gamini Dissanayake, Mr. Pradeep Udawatta, Mr. Nilan De Silva, Mr. Kapila Kottahachchi, Mr. Susantha Dissanayake, Mr. Vidura Prasad, and Mr. Sisira Perera are Level 1 Umpires, who were given contracts.
The contracted Umpires were given the appointment letters during a ceremony held at the SLC Headquarters with the participation of Mr. Deepal Madurapperuma, Chairman, Umpires Committee of the SLC – Mr. Kumar Dharmasena, ICC Elite Panel Umpire and Umpire Consultant of the SLC – Mr. Wasanthalal Fernando, Secretary of the Umpires Committee of the SLC and Mr. Dilran Abeysekera, Member of the Umpires Committee of the SLC.
Mr. Chinthaka Edirimanne, Head of Domestic Cricket of the SLC, Mr. Chanaka Thenuwara, Manager, Umpire Development of the SLC – Mr. Tyron Wijewardena, Manager, Umpire Training of the SLC was also present during the occasion.