Glendermott snap up Sri Lankan quick Keshan Wijerathne - 26/12/18

Keshan Wijerathne Profile

Glendermott have snapped up Sri Lankan quick bowling prospect Keshan Wijerathne for their 2019 NWCU campaign.

Wijerathne (22) is, quite simply, a quick bowler destined for international cricket. Such was his talent, the right-arm speedster was fast-tracked to play for the Sri Lankan Emerging Players and ‘A’ sides (v Zimbabwe Development and West Indies A), before he’d played first-class cricket.

He was a schoolboy prodigy, who dominated the wicket charts for Maliyadewa College in Kurugegala. He played for the Sri Lankan Under-17s and Under-19s, taking 4-38 (10) against the Australian Under-19s in October 2014.

Earmarked for big things, Wijerathne made his T20 debut for Colts Cricket Club in April 2015, then List-A early into the following season (November 2015). He waited another year to make his first-class debut, playing for Colts against Saracens in December 2016.

Wijerathne moved clubs last summer (2017/18) and excelled for Kurunegala Youth, playing alongside CricX stars Malith Cooray and Hashan Gunathilake, to including his maiden first-class 5-for – figures of 5-37 against Police SC.

Whilst known for his bowling, Wijerathne is a competent and hard-hitting batsman, who according to close sources, will develop into a genuine bowling all-rounder in future.

The Sri Lankan prospect, who is clearly on the national radar, headed to the UK in 2018 to continue his development. Playing in the top tier of the North Lancs and Cumbria Cricket League for Lindal Moor, the quick impressed, taking 40 wickets at 20.60 and scored 448 runs at 29.87 in the league.

The talented all-rounder has since returned to Sri Lanka and is playing for Moors Sports Club in Sri Lanka's top flight (Tier A) first-class competition. He is keen to impress throughout the domestic season before embarking on a UK return having recently signed with Glendermott for their 2019 North West Cricket Union campaign. .

 

Check out Keshan's CricX profile here

 

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