Sri Lanka news June 17, 2014

SLC baggage master PD Nimal dies in accident

ESPNcricinfo staff

SLC's baggage master PD Nimal has died after being struck down in a traffic accident, the board has announced. Nimal handled the player's kits and bags for 15 years, working for both SLC and the Sinhalese Sports Club, and was a popular figure among players and administrators.

Nimal would often assist the national team during fielding drills, earning him the unofficial title of "Assistant Fielding Coach". He was the object of such sweeping affection, international players regularly brought him gifts from overseas tours.

"Nimal was an honest and hardworking team member who was always willing to do anything for the benefit of the team and the game of cricket in the country," SLC said. "He will be missed by all the cricketers young and old who played for SSC and Sri Lanka."

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  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    I personally have met him few times and really enthusiastic n humble guy. i saw sanga's n mahela's comments on his demise and pretty sure all are missing him.though we talk about percy, lional the flag bearers these guys who are behind the scene are unknown mostly n die with little memories to players .it is a duty of cricket admins to praise them as well in local level functions while awarding for best players. if they have not not the duty SL cricket would not be at this place. May he RIP. deepest sympathies to his family ..

  • Edwin on June 19, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Never really knew him personally but seemed a truly genuinely nice person. In addition to all the great comments about him, i should also say his enthusiasm extended to the U13 games and its young school boys as well. He was not around during my playing days but have seen a lot of him lately by taking my children for practices!

    Like all good things, it came to an end, far too soon than anyone of us would have liked! Nivan Suwa Pathamu!

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    This is sad news. Nimal was an Institution at SSC Cricket, much liked and admired. As with Ajith, I too have fond memories of him from our playing days and from the "Cavaliers" tour to Malaysia & Thailand. He will be missed.

    May the Turf on which strode, rest light over him.

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Shocking to hear this news. Nimal was the understudy to Perumal the doyen of SSC cricket dressing rooms. Nimal quickly learnt the art of dressing room etiquette and keeping a track of player needs and efficiently providing the services required. He was indeed a great team man and we often got him to bowl at the nets and give fielding practices.For his services the SSC "Cavaliers" cricket team rewarded him with a tour to Malaysia & Thailand in the late 90's.He will be missed by all who knew him personally. May he rest in Peace and condolences go out to his family.

  • Yasitha on June 18, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    really sad news.... RIP NIMAL..........

  • Surath on June 18, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Sad news to all of us. RIP Nimal. You will be missed dearly.

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