Ashantha de Mel      

Full name Ashantha Lakdasa Francis de Mel

Born May 9, 1959, Colombo

Current age 55 years 198 days

Major teams Sri Lanka

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Ashantha Lakdasa Francis de Mel
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 17 28 5 326 34 14.17 0 0 3 9 0
ODIs 57 41 9 466 36 14.56 595 78.31 0 0 13 0
First-class 42 57 9 918 100* 19.12 1 2 22 0
List A 70 51 13 577 39* 15.18 0 0 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 17 27 3518 2180 59 6/109 7/201 36.94 3.71 59.6 2 3 0
ODIs 57 57 2735 2237 59 5/32 5/32 37.91 4.90 46.3 1 2 0
First-class 42 7056 4132 109 6/109 37.90 3.51 64.7 3 0
List A 70 3347 2569 69 5/32 5/32 37.23 4.60 48.5 2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard
Last Test India v Sri Lanka at Kanpur, Dec 17-22, 1986 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 13, 1982 scorecard
Last ODI England v Sri Lanka at Pune, Oct 30, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1981-1987
List A span 1980-1988
Profile

He was a brisk right-arm bowler with the ability to gain genuine outswing, Ashantha de Mel was Sri Lanka's leading pace bowler following their elevation to full Test status. In Sri Lanka's inaugural test against England in 1981-82, de Mel took a highly creditable 4 for 70 and 1 for 33. In the following tour of Pakistan, he toiled willingly, taking 11 wickets. In the one-off Test against India in 1982-83, he became the first Sri Lankan fast bowler to take a five-wicket haul, grabbing 5 for 68 in the second innings. With the bat, de Mel was a handy performer, capable of valuable contributions in the lower order with his aggressive style. A serious knee injury brought his career to a premature end after the 1987 World Cup, but he went on to represent Sri Lanka at bridge, including an appearance at the Commonwealth Games. He also served on the interim committee of the Sri Lanka cricket board, and was a national selector and manager of the under-19 side.
Johann P Jayasekera (April 2004)

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Aug 1, 2007

Ashantha de Mel, chief of the national selection committee, August 1, 2007

Ashantha de Mel, chief of the national selection committee

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May 2, 2006

Asantha de Mel - Portait

Asantha de Mel - Portait

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Sri Lanka A v England XI at Colombo (PSS)
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1st ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS)
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2nd ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS)
Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group B: Bloomfield v SLPACC at Colombo (Bloomfield)
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Group A: Col CC v Ragama at Colombo (CCC)
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Group B: Colts v Moors at Colombo (Colts)
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Group B: Nondescripts v SL Air SC at Colombo (NCC)
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Group A: Sinhalese v Saracens at Colombo (SSC)
Dec 1, 2014 (09:45 local | 04:15 GMT | 23:15 EST | 22:15 CST | 20:15 PST)
Group A: SL Army v Tamil Union at Panagoda
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