Thusara Kodikara

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Thusara Kodikara
Personal information
Full nameThusara Prabath Kodikara
Born (1969-11-17) 17 November 1969 (age 49)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium pace
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1991–1999 Antonians Sports Club
1991–1994 Central Province
First-class debut21 March 1991 Central Province v Western Province Suburbs
Last First-class19 February 1999 Antonians Sports Club  v  Colts Cricket Club
List A debut13 January 1993 Antonians Sports Club  v  Colts Cricket Club
Last List A20 December 1998 Antonians Sports Club  v  Singha Sports Club
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches555
Runs scored2354162
Batting average 27.3732.40
100s/50s4/90/0
Top score236* 39
Balls bowled3619Not known [1]
Wickets 604
Bowling average 32.689.50
5 wickets in innings 10
10 wickets in match0n/a
Best bowling5/782/11
Catches/stumpings 23/00/0
Source: CricketArchive, 6 January 2008

Thusara Prabath Kodikara (born 17 November 1969) is a former Malaysian international cricketer who represented the Malaysian national team between 2004 and 2009. He was born in Sri Lanka, and played first-class cricket there in the 1990s before emigrating to Malaysia. [2] Kodikara played as an all-rounder, batting right-handed and bowling right-arm medium pace. [3]

Malaysia Federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand in the north and maritime borders with Singapore in the south, Vietnam in the northeast, and Indonesia in the west. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world's 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, with large numbers of endemic species.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

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Playing career

Sri Lanka

Born in Kandy in 1969, [3] Kodikara made his first-class debut for Central Province against Western Province Suburbs in March 1991. He played for a Central and North Western Combined XI against Pakistan A that August, and made his debut for Antonians Sports Club in a Saravanamuttu Trophy match against Kalutara Physical Culture Centre in October. In all, he played ten first-class matches that first year. [4]

Kandy City in Central Province, Sri Lanka

Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

The Pakistan A cricket team is a national cricket team of Pakistan. Matches played by Pakistan A are not considered to be Test matches or One Day Internationals, instead receiving first-class and List A classification respectively. Pakistan A played their first match in August 1964, a three-day first-class contest against Ceylon Board President's XI.

Antonians Sports Club is a first-class cricket team in Sri Lanka. It played first-class cricket from 1992-93 to 2002-03, and again in 2010-11.

He played five first-class matches in 1992, including a match for a Sri Lanka Board President's XI. [4] He made his List A debut in January 1993, playing for Antonians Sports Club against Colts Cricket Club, [5] a month in which he scored 236 not out against Rio Sports Club, [6] his highest first-class score. [3]

List A cricket is a classification of the limited-overs (one-day) form of the sport of cricket. List A cricket includes One Day International (ODI) matches and various domestic competitions in which the number of overs in an innings per team ranges from forty to sixty, as well as some international matches involving nations who have not achieved official ODI status. Together with first-class and Twenty20 cricket, List A is one of the three major forms of cricket recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Colts Cricket Club

Colts Cricket Club is a first-class cricket team based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They have won 6 first class tournaments of Sri Lanka domestic league as in 1991/92, 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2004/05, 2008/09 and 2011/12 and 2 Premier Limited Overs Tournament as in 1998/99 and 2010/11.

In cricket, a batter is not out if he or she comes out to bat in an innings and has not been dismissed by the end of the innings. The batter is also not out while his innings is still in progress.

He played his last match for Central Province in March 1994, and continued to be a regular member of the Antonians Sports Club side in first-class cricket over the next few years, [4] rarely playing one-day cricket. [5] He played his last first-class match in Sri Lanka in February 1999. [4]

Malaysia

After finishing his first-class career in Sri Lanka, Kodikara moved to Malaysia. He first played for the Malaysian national side in February 2004, playing in the Stan Nagaiah Trophy series against Singapore. He played in the series again in 2005 and 2006, also playing in Dublin for the Dublin University Cricket Club in 2006. [7]

The Stan Nagaiah Trophy is an annual series of one-day cricket matches played between Malaysia and Singapore. It has been played annually since 1995, and is named in honour of Stan Nagaiah, a cricketer from Singapore in the 1950s who also often represented All-Malaya. In 2016, a Twenty20 match was played as part of the series for the first time. Malaysia have won the series 13 times, Singapore six times and one series was tied.

Singapore national cricket team

The Singapore national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Singapore in international cricket. Singapore has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1974, and was a founding member of the Asian Cricket Council formed in 1983.

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He played for Malaysia in the 2006 ACC Trophy, also playing ACC Premier League matches against Hong Kong and Nepal that year. He also represented Malaysia at the 2007 and 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cups, and the 2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Six tournament. [7]

The ACC Trophy was a limited-overs cricket tournament organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Open only to associate and affiliate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it was contested biennially between 1996 and 2012, but has been replaced by the three-division ACC Premier League as the primary limited-overs competition for non-Test-playing ACC members. The finalists of the 2000 and 2006 tournaments qualified for the Asia Cup, where matches had One Day International (ODI) status.

The ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament was a three-day cricket tournament run by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), contested between its top-ranking ICC associate members. It was played three times between 2004 and 2007, and then replaced by the ACC Twenty20 Cup. Some matches in the second edition of the tournament held first-class status, as they were simultaneously ICC Intercontinental Cup matches.

Nepal national cricket team

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Coaching career

After retiring from playing, Kodikara remained involved in cricket as a coach. He has worked at the Bukit Jalil Sports School, and coached the Malaysia under-19s and the national women's team. [8]

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References

  1. Full scores for some List A matches in Sri Lanka are not available, hence this figure is not known
  2. Teams played for by Thusara Kodikara at CricketArchive
  3. 1 2 3 CricketArchive profile
  4. 1 2 3 4 First-class matches played by Thusara Kodikara at CricketArchive
  5. 1 2 List A matches played by Thusara Kodikara at CricketArchive
  6. Scorecard of Antonians Sports Club v Rio Sports Club, 15 January 1993 at CricketArchive
  7. 1 2 Other matches played by Thusara Kodikara at CricketArchive
  8. "THUSHARA KODIKARA HEADS TO SARAWAK", Malaysian Cricket Association, 3 June 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2017.