Prominent Sri Lankan -Canadian Cricketer Malsiri Kurukulasuriya Passes Away.
Posted on April 26th, 2010

Top Spin By Suni For LankaWeb
25th April 2010

Malsiri Kurukulasuriya who passed away in Sri Lanka yesterday is probably an unsung Sri Lankan cricketing academic whose life was lived to the fullest where he combined the joys of his cricketing career with the academics he pursued diligently which took him from Trinity College to the University of Ceylon and eventually to Oxford University, the last venue of his education where he did not make the Oxford cricket team  despite being called up for trials although completing with accomplishment the academics he pursued.
Malsiri’s cricket was nurtured at his beloved Trinity College Kandy where he blossomed into one of the most stylish as well as prolific batsmen to be produced by the school at a time when Trinity was better known for Rugby which carried the school to glory.
He represented Trinity during the 1956, ’57, ’58 and ’59 seasons alongside the likes of the late Nimal Maralande and Jayantissa Ratwatte where the college scorebooks indicate that he scored 14 centuries during this tenure and a feat matched an exceeded to this day only by Ananda’s Chandrasiri Weerasinghe who  got one more and went on to play for the national team where Malsiri probably missed this prestigious opportunity as he left for foreign shores soon after his college education.
In 1959 on the second day of the “ƒ”¹…”Big Match,’ against St Anthony’s due to some discrepancy which highlighted Trinity skipper Nimal Maralande as overage,  Malsiri then vice captain was nominated to lead the side in an outstanding performance. Malsiri was a No. 3 batsman with a lovely array of shots all round the wicket and a quick scorer who was a delight to watch in addition to being gifted with a sublime coverdrive. He was a coloursman and  eventually a prestigious Trinity Lion as well as a prominent member of the Sara Trophy winning, star studded University of Ceylon team  and later turned out for the SSC when he returned from Oxford after his post secondary education.
Eventually  he emigrated to Canada and gave of his best to Canadian cricket and his Canadian Club Gracechurch  teaming up with many prominent Sri Lankans of yester year including the likes of Rohan and Shantha Jayasuriya and Nigel Isaacs who also represented Canada as well as guiding the team to Championsip victories in the Toronto and District Premiere League Competition.
He was a likeable and amiable chap with a wonderful sense of humour who loved to impart his playing skills to others including a son who captained the Junior Canadian side as well as playing for Gracechurch his  old club, a great club man whose social graces went far beyond the playing fields  and whose brave battle with a terminal illness ended sadly as he fought to the end, loving life and the gentlemen’s game squeezing as much of them as possible towards his illustrious playing career and his personal well being which truly embellished his colourful personality which will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
May God Grant Him Eternal Rest.

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