Ex Sri Lankan cricketer and president Ian Pieris passes away at 82

Ian Pieris

Former Sri Lankan cricketer and board president of Sri Lankan Cricket Board Ian Pieris died on Friday at the age of 82, following a lengthy battle with illness. His funeral was conducted in his hometown of Colombo on Saturday.

Pieris served as the Sri Lankan Cricket Board president on two different occasions. His first stint came in 1989, but lasted for just 1/3rd of a year, and his second tenure started in 1990 and lasted for a year. Pieris is considered to be one of the important figures who took significant measures alongside secretary S Skandakumar to help provide a foundation which paved way to start the routine of International tours for Sri Lanka.

Pieres also enjoyed a unique cricketing career. He played as a one down batsman for S.Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia and as a right arm seamer for Singhalese Sports Clumb, Cambridge University.

Pieris made his International debut at a very tender age, while still a student at school in 1956. He was picked to play an Australian team led by Lindsay Hassett.

Besides cricket, Pieris also expressed deep interest in Golf and tennis, but was sidelined from the sports due to his back problems, which went on to plague him till his demise.

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