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Piyal Wijetunge to coach Badureliya, Ruwan Kalpage joins Tamil Union

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Piyal Wijetunge, former spin bowling coach of Sri Lanka national team, has been appointed the head coach of Badureliya, while former fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage has joined Tamil Union.

Wijetunge, a left-arm orthodox slow bowler, formed a menacing partnership with Muttiah Muralitharan, terrorizing batsmen in School cricket. The other member of the trio was Ruwan Kalpage. Unlike his fellow team-mates, Wijetunge did not go on to have a distinguished international career, playing only one Test.  As a coach, however, he successfully nurtured and mentored many Sri Lanka spinners like Akila Dhananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Jeffrey Vendersay.

Kalpage, who played 11 tests and 86 ODIs for Sri Lanka, had been national team fielding coach under Graham Ford, Paul Farbrace and Marvan Atapattu.

Both Badureliya and Tamil Union played in Plate division, however, performed poorly.

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