Sri Lanka news June 23, 2014

Former Sri Lankan seamer dies at 57

Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Lantra Fernando has died at the age of 57 during his morning jog in his hometown of Moratuwa.

Fernando was a member of the Sri Lanka team that toured England under Bandula Warnapura in 1981, the year the country was granted Test status. Prior to that tour, Fernando won his first Sri Lanka cap by playing in the unofficial ODI against Kim Hughes' Australian team at the SSC ground, and opened the bowling with Ashantha de Mel. He played 26 first-class matches for Panadura SC and Moratuwa SC, and also toured South India with the Sri Lanka Under-25 team for the Gopalan trophy in 1975.

However, just when he looked set for a promising career, Fernando went on the rebel tour of South Africa in 1982, and was subsequently banned for 25 years by the SLC. Though the ban was lifted after eight years, Fernando was by then past his prime as a cricketer.

A Level II coach, Fernando coached several local clubs and schools, including his alma mater Prince of Wales College in Moratuwa, which he captained in 1975 and where he provided Sri Lanka's current vice-captain Lahiru Thiriminnae with his initial training.

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  • RufusNZ on June 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I am very sad to hear the demise of Lanthra. I was a student at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa when he too was a student and a college cricketer. He is a humble person who persevered hard to rise up to wear the SL colours. I knew him as a friend and watched him play cricket from under 15 years...

    Death came to him too soon! May God bless his soul.

  • on June 26, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    he was a real sportsman. R.I.P.

  • anver777 on June 24, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Very sad demise of a promising pace bowler of 80's .... RIP !!!

  • JeroenBal on June 24, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Lantra has played and coached for four years at my club, Ajax Cricket in The Netherlands. We came to know him as a great player and most of all, a wonderful guy. He will be sorely missed.

  • on June 23, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    How very apt that Sri Lankans will wear black armbands in honour of a 57 year old passing with England languishing on 57-5. A scoreline of 57 all out would be good.

  • SLMaster on June 23, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    R.I.P who contributed to SL cricket early days..

  • RufusNZ on June 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I am very sad to hear the demise of Lanthra. I was a student at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa when he too was a student and a college cricketer. He is a humble person who persevered hard to rise up to wear the SL colours. I knew him as a friend and watched him play cricket from under 15 years...

    Death came to him too soon! May God bless his soul.

  • on June 26, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    he was a real sportsman. R.I.P.

  • anver777 on June 24, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Very sad demise of a promising pace bowler of 80's .... RIP !!!

  • JeroenBal on June 24, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Lantra has played and coached for four years at my club, Ajax Cricket in The Netherlands. We came to know him as a great player and most of all, a wonderful guy. He will be sorely missed.

  • on June 23, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    How very apt that Sri Lankans will wear black armbands in honour of a 57 year old passing with England languishing on 57-5. A scoreline of 57 all out would be good.

  • SLMaster on June 23, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    R.I.P who contributed to SL cricket early days..

  • SLMaster on June 23, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    R.I.P who contributed to SL cricket early days..

  • on June 23, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    How very apt that Sri Lankans will wear black armbands in honour of a 57 year old passing with England languishing on 57-5. A scoreline of 57 all out would be good.

  • JeroenBal on June 24, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Lantra has played and coached for four years at my club, Ajax Cricket in The Netherlands. We came to know him as a great player and most of all, a wonderful guy. He will be sorely missed.

  • anver777 on June 24, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Very sad demise of a promising pace bowler of 80's .... RIP !!!

  • on June 26, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    he was a real sportsman. R.I.P.

  • RufusNZ on June 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I am very sad to hear the demise of Lanthra. I was a student at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa when he too was a student and a college cricketer. He is a humble person who persevered hard to rise up to wear the SL colours. I knew him as a friend and watched him play cricket from under 15 years...

    Death came to him too soon! May God bless his soul.