Kumara Dharmasena - a cricket umpire
Former Sri Lanka Test cricketer Kumara Dharmasena is the second Test
cricketer to don the 'white coat', the white coat is seen no more in the
cricket field these days, but Dharmasena along with a host of first
class cricketers have been successful at a written examination conducted
by the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers recently.
Dharmasena has played in 33 Tests and 141 One Day Internationals and
was also a member of the 1996 World Cup winning team under Arjuna
Ranatunga. When asked as to why he decided to take up umpiring,
Dharmasena said that the selectors have ignored him and he feels that he
has a little more years cricket left in him. Although qualified to be a
coach he always preferred umpiring.
The 34 old all-rounder has already stood in several lower division
matches and is confident that one day he could join the elite band of
umpires. He said being a Test cricketer he could control the game better
with less pressure.
The first Test player to take up cricket umpiring was former leg
spinner Asoka de Silva.