Full name Ajith Gamini Dissanayake
Born April 8, 1964, Devinuwara
Current age 51 years 149 days
Major teams Matara Sports Club
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Gamini Dissanayake was one of the umpires who was pulled up by the Sri Lankan board following a sting operation by an Indian television channel over illegal payments for influencing first-class games. Dissanayake had been the fourth umpire in many international matches, though he hadn't been one of the main officials. However, following the sting operation, he was downgraded from the top panel of umpires for a year and issued a severe warning by the board CEO.
That incident abruptly interrupted what seemed to be a promising career for a promising umpire, who was also qualified in many other aspects of the game. A distinguished cricket back ground gave him a head start among his other umpiring colleagues. He played cricket for St Servatius College, Matara, the school that produced Sanath Jayasuriya, division I club cricket for Matara SC and Old Dharmapalians SC and also for Sri Lanka Railways (where he is employed) in the State Services division I tournament. Further he was also a probationary umpiring instructor and a qualified cricket coach.
Dissanayake obtained the highest marks of 98 in the local umpires examination conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket in 1993 and was promoted to officiate in Premier first-class matches in 1998. Further laurels followed when he umpired in the Bangladesh premier first-class tournament in 2003, the ICC under-19 World Cup in 2006 and Asian Cricket Council matches in Singapore. He was also a regular fourth umpire in Tests and ODIs played in Sri Lanka.
R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma dismantled the the opposition, Amit Mishra came back strongly, and Virat Kohli grew as captain during the series win in Sri Lanka
He averages better than Rohit Sharma but still has to fight for a place in the Test side, mostly because he doesn't play ODIs
On a steaming Colombo day, victory did not come easily to India. But the team kept its focus, intensity and clarity of thought going, and reaped the benefits
Stats highlights from the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC where India completed a rare away series win
For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook
Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball
If other men were witness to as much incompetence as Angelo Mathews has become used to, dressing rooms might have been set ablaze