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Test Cricket Tours - Sri Lanka to India 1993-94

 

 

Tour of India 1993-94                   Captain: Arjuna Ranatunga

 

 

 

 

©  Test Cricket Tours

 

 

 

Sri Lanka’s 14th Test tour

  (January -

         February 1994)

 

Fourth Test-playing tour of India by Sri Lanka

  (previous tour 1990-91)

 

 

 

 

 

When Pakistan cancelled their tour of India because of fears over security during political tension between the two countries, the Sri Lankan Board stepped into the breach and took up an invitation to replace them on the tour. However, the Sri Lankan players were jaded after 18 months of non-stop cricket and the team was crushed by an innings in each of the three Test matches. The only game the Sri Lankans won on the whole tour was in reaching a revised target in the last one-day match at Jalandhar, when de Silva was man-of-the-match.

Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka's first Test captain, was appointed the new cricket manager following the resignation of TB Kehelgamuwa. The ban on the 1982 Arosa Sri Lankans' captain in South Africa in 1982-83 was lifted in early 1990.  Though it was too late for Bandula to play again at a high level, he was admitted him to cricket administration. His comment on the Indian Test umpiring was "If we appear to have batted in a hurry, it is because our batsmen wish to make the most of their short stay before the umpires do them in."

On 9 March 1994 the BCCSL appointed a committee to enquire into results and investigate the team's dismal performance, which was published later in the month.  See report 

 

 

Other Sri Lankan Tours

 

 

Previous tour

To Pakistan 1991-92

 

 

Next tour

To Zimbabwe 1994-95

 

Next Indian tour

1997-98

 

 

 

 

Members of the Test tour party  (16  +  1)

 

 

Openers: Roshan Mahanama, Dulip Samaraweera, Marvan Atapattu, Aruna Gunawardene

Middle-order batsmen: Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Hashan Tillekeratne.

Wicket-keepers:Pubudu Dassanayeke, Nisal  Fernando.

Spin bowlers: Muttiah Muralitharan, Ruwan Kalpage, Don Anurasiri.

Fast bowlers: Dulip Liyanage, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Pramodya Wickremasinghe.

 

 

 

 

S D Anurasiri

Pa

27

SLA

ODI

 

M S Atapattu

SSC

23

RHB

ODI

 

P B Dassanayake

CCC

23

WK

ODI

 

P A de Silva

NCC

28

RHB  vice-captain

ODI

 

U N K Fernando

SSC

23

second WK

ODI

 

A A W Gunawardene

SSC

24

RHB  opener

ODI

 

S T Jayasuriya

CCC

24

LHB

ODI

 

R S Kalpage

NCC

24

LHB   OB

ODI

 

D K Liyanage

Ct

21

RFM

ODI

 

R S Mahanama

CCC

27

RHB opener

ODI

 

M Muralitharan

T U

21

OB

ODI

 

K R Pushpakumara

NCC

18

RFM

ODI

 

A Ranatunga

SSC

30

LHB      captain

ODI

 

D P Samaraweera

Ct

21

RHB opener

ODI

 

H P Tillekeratne

NCC

26

LHB

ODI

 

G P Wickremasinghe

SSC

22

RFM

ODI

 

 

  

 

 

Average age of  team at time of first Test match

(18 January 1994) :

    24 yrs  5  months

 

 

 

Representation from clubs :

CCC: Colombo (3)

Ct: Colts Cricket Club (2)

NCC: Nondescripts (4)

Pa: Panadura (1)

SSC: Sinhalese Sports Club (5)

T U: Tamil Union (1)

 

 

Key to type : 

LHB left-hand bat,

LBG leg break and googly bowler, 

OB off break,

SLA  slow left-arm bowler,

RFM right arm fast medium bowler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test Appearances made before the tour

 

 

Ranatunga 46,  Aravinda de Silva 38,  Mahanama 24,  Tillekeratne 20,  Anurasiri 14,  Jayasuriya 13,  Muralitharan 10,  Pramodya Wickremasinghe 9,  Liyanage 7,  Dassanayake 4,  Kalpage 3,  Atapattu 2,  Samaraweera 1, Nisal Fernando 0,  Gunawardene 0,  Pushpakumara 0.

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Officials

 

Anuruddha Polonowita

Tour Manager

Bandula  Warnapura

Coach

Don Keisel ?

Physiotherapist

 

Polonowita, born in 1938, played for Ceylon between 1960 and 1970; served the Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board under thirteen Board Presidents; and was for a member of the selection committee for ten years.

 

 

 

 

 

Selectors

 

Anuruddha Polonowita (chairman), T B Kehelgumuwa,  Ranjan Madugalle,  Ranjith Samarasekera,  Mumtaz Yusuf.

 

 

 

 

 

Selection

 

On 17 December a national pool of players to be considered was announced. Practices for the tour commenced next day.

Unavailable : AP Gurusinha (groin injury).

Tour Party Announced :  1st January 1994.

Gunawardene was selected despite not being among the original pool of players for consideration. Rumesh Ratnayeke was not selected.

Stand-bys:  Kumar Dharmasena,  Romesh S Kaluwitharana,  Sanjeev Ranatunga,  Chaminda Vaas.

 

 

Time between selection and departure from Sri Lanka

  9 days

(1 January to 10 January)

 

 

 

 

Travel

Colombo  Q   New Delhi

 

The team departed from Colombo on 10 January 1994. After a stopover in Madras, they arrived at Palam Airport, New Delhi, in the early evening, and next day the team went to the Air Force ground at Palem to practice.

 

Time spent in India     

    43 days  

(10 January to 22 February)

 

 

 

 

On-tour selection panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reinforcements (1)

 

C U Vaas

Colts

 

LFM

 

 

 Chaminda Vaas joined the tour in place of fast-medium bowler Dulip Liyanage, who broke his ankle at Lucknow and had to return home.

 

 

 

 

 

Fixtures/Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(exhibition match at Vijaywada not sanctioned as an official part of  the tour)

 

a

New Delhi

Board President's XI

Drawn

b

LUCKNOW

INDIA  First Test

LOST inns 119 r

c

BANGALORE

INDIA  Second Test

LOST inns 95 r

d

Mohali

Punjab(Ranji champions)

Drawn

e

AHMEDABAD

INDIA  Third Test

LOST inns 17 r

f

§  Rajkot

India (1st ODI)

Lost  8 r

g

§  Hyderabad

India (2nd ODI)

Lost  7 w

h

§  Jalandhar

India (3rd ODI)

Won  4 w

 

 

 

 

i

� Vijaywada (24 Feb)

India(exhibition match)

Lost 57 r

 

 

 

� not first-class

§  one-day international

 

 

Time spent in India before First Test: 

      8 days

(10 January - 18 January)

 

 

 

 

 

Test appearances on tour

 

3 - Anurasiri,  de Silva,  Dassanayeke,  Kalpage, Mahanama, Muralitharan, Ranatunga, Samaraweera, Tillekeratne,  Wickremasinghe.

1 - Atapattu,  Jayasuriya,  Liyanage.

0 - Fernando,  Gunawardene,  Pushpakumara,  Vaas.

 

 

 

 

 

Match appearances

 

 

 

T  Test match

o  one-day international 

x other match 

⊕ T/20 international

-   teams not announced

 

W won  L lost  D drawn  T  tie

N no result   A abandoned  

u unknown result  C cancelled

 

 

 

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

S D Anurasiri

 

T

T

x

T

o

 

 

 

M S Atapattu

x

 

 

x

T

 

 

 

 

P Dassanayake

x

T

T

x

T

 

 

o

 

P A de Silva

x

T

T

x

T

o

o

o

 

N Fernando

 

 

 

 

 

o

o

 

 

A Gunawardene

 

 

 

x

 

 

o

 

 

S T Jayasuriya

x

 

T

x

 

o

o

o

 

R S Kalpage

x

T

T

x

T

o

o

o

 

D K Liyanage

 

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R S Mahanama

x

T

T

 

T

o

o

o

 

M Muralitharan

 

T

T

 

T

 

o

o

 

R Pushpakumara

x

 

 

x

 

 

o

 

 

A Ranatunga

x

T

T

 

T

o

o

o

 

D P Samaraweera

x

T

T

x

T

o

 

o

 

H P Tillekeratne

x

T

T

x

T

o

o

o

 

C U Vaas

 

 

 

x

 

o

o

o

 

P Wickremasinghe

x

T

T

 

T

o

 

o

 

   R E S U L T S

D

L

L

D

L

L

L

W

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights

 

  Sri Lanka were beaten 3-0, the second side after England 1992-93 that India had ‘whitewashed’ in a series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Summary

 

 

F

W

L

D

Aban

Test Matches

3

0

3

0

-

Other first-class matches

2

0

0

2

-

ϯ Minor matches

0

-

-

-

-

§ One-day internationals

3

1

2

0

-

All Matches

8

1

5

2

-

 

 

 

 

F  Fixtures   W  Won   L  Lost   D Drawn   T  Tied  Canc  Cancelled  Aban  abandoned

 

 

 

 

Return to Sri Lanka

    Q   Colombo

 

Dulip Liyanage returned home injured on 25 January.

The players flew back to Colombo on Tuesday 22 February 1994.

On 3 January the players had notified the Board that they wished to remain in India at the end of the tour, which was refused. So eleven of the players came into the arrivals lounge at Katunayeke International Airport to abide by the ruling, and then walked straight to the departure lounge and flew out again to play in some benefit matches in India.

 

 

 

Time away from Sri Lanka

    43 days  

(10 January to 22 February)

 

 

 

Postscript

 

 

 

 

 

Other Test tours in 1993-94

 

 

Australians to

England  to 

 

©  2015

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

To general reading of The Times newspaper digital archive (Gale Group);  Jamaica Gleanor archive;  National Library of Australia Trove; Papers Past NZ.

From former British Newspaper Library, Colindale and online:  The Age, Melbourne Argus, Bangladesh Daily Star, Barbados Advocate, Canberra Times, Daily Telegraph, Dawn, Eastern Daily Press, The Hindu, The Independent (Dhaka), Indian Express, The Island (Lanka), Lahore Times, New Nation, New Zealand Auckland Herald, Sri Lanka Daily News, Stabroek News, Straits Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Times of India , The Tribune Chandigarh, Trinidad Guardian, The West Australian.

cricketweb.net;  ESPN cricinfo;  cricket archive; www.cricketcountry; www.coverpoint

Magazines/periodicals including Australian Cricket, B & H West Indies Annual, The Cricketer International, Cricketer Quarterly, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Field Annual, Playfair Cricket Monthly, Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand, Wisden Cricket Monthly, Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack.

Men In White, A History of Australian Cricket (Harte), A History of Indian Cricket (Bose), A History of West Indies Cricket (Manley)

Biography and tour books (own collection and at the M.C.C. Library at Lord’s Ground)                                    © ALL CONTENTS OF THE TEST-CRICKET-TOURS.CO.UK WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHT

 

 




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