Tony Opatha passes away

Former Sri Lanka seamer Tony Opatha has died from a suspected stroke on Friday morning in Colombo, at the age of 73. He was in hospital for past several days.

He is remembered as arguably Sri Lanka’s finest seam bowlers of the 1970s, largely due to his brisk pace and control. He had been among the islands’ first cricketers to play club cricket in England and was influential in creating similar opportunities for other Sri Lankan players of the era.

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