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Tony Opatha
Tony Opatha
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Personal information
Full nameAntony Ralph Marinon Opatha
Born(1947-08-05)5 August 1947
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died11 September 2020(2020-09-11) (aged 73)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBowler
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 6)7 June 1975 v West Indies
Last ODI16 June 1979 v India
Career statistics
CompetitionODIFCLA
Matches53920
Runs scored29790100
Batting average9.6617.177.69
100s/50s0/00/30/0
Top score186519
Balls bowled253n/a1,092
Wickets511121
Bowling average36.0030.7433.85
5 wickets in innings020
10 wickets in match000
Best bowling3/316/913/20
Catches/stumpings3/–24/–8/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 December 2014
Antony Ralph Marinon Opatha (5 August 1947 – 11 September 2020) was a Sri Lankan cricketer. A right-arm medium pace bowler, he played five One Day Internationals at the 1975 and 1979 Cricket World Cups.
Educated at St. Peter's College, Colombo he joined the Royal Ceylon Volunteer Air Force in 1968. He had played for his college cricket team and went on to play for the air force cricket team till 1977. He first played for Ceylon in 1971 and was a member of the Sri Lankan teams playing in the World Cups in England in 1975 and 1979. He later played club cricket in Ireland for one season in 1979 and was offered the post coach of the Holland team.
As player/manager of the rebel tour to South Africa in 1982-83 in defiance of the sporting ban against the apartheid state, he and the other tourists received a lifetime ban from international cricket.
In September 2018, he was one of 49 former Sri Lankan cricketers felicitated by Sri Lanka Cricket, to honour them for their services before Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
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