Full name Ajith Gamini Dissanayake
Born April 8, 1964, Devinuwara
Current age 52 years 23 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.
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean