Shanuka Dulaj2020-08-27T12:57:59+01:00

Shanuka Dulaj

Date of Birth 04/03/1995
Age 25
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Available
Playing Role Batsman
Bowling Style Left-arm Orthodox Spin
Batting Style Left-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Burgher Recreation Club, Moors Sports Club, Sri Lanka Board U25s XI, Sri Lanka Cricket Development U16s, Bonbeach CC 1st Grade
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Shanuka Dulaj Withanawasam is an exciting talent who burst onto Sri Lanka's domestic scene in 2015/16 taking T20 figures of 5-22, before hitting his maiden first-class hundred (128) a month later.

The former Prince of Wales College student has since played over 50 matches across the three formats. He boasts 3 centuries, including a highest score of 181*, all with an average over 34. Bowling opportunities have been limited, especially in red-ball cricket, but he still maintains a T20 bowling average of 10.16, courtesy of his career-best 5-22.

Dulaj shot to prominence a few years prior to his first-class debut, following an outstanding season for his College. He struck 1,249 runs and took 44 wickets during the 2013/14 Inter-School season and was crowned the Singer-SLSCA Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year at the inaugural Singer Cricket Awards.

A left-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox spinner, Dulaj decided to forego domestic cricket in 2018/19 in favour of a placement in Australia. Playing for Bonbeach in the strong Southern Bayside Competition, he helped his side to the Championship final courtesy of 607 runs at 50.58. He has subsequently returned for a second stint in 2019/20, before returning to new domestic side Burgher Recreation Club in 2020.

Dulaj has also impressed in the UK with 2 previous stints, playing in England in 2017 (Austerlands - Pennine Cricket League) and Scotland in 2018 (Arbroath United - CSL Eastern Premier Division). During the former in the top tier of the strong Pennine Cricket League, he scored 548 runs at 34.25 and took 13 wickets at 34.85 with his left-arm spin. He then backed up with 447 runs at 31.92 and 12 wickets at 25.41 in Scotland, which reflects decent returns given the conditions.

He is looking to build on his success abroad with a third stint in 2021. Dulaj is not only a player of great promise - particularly with the bat, but is regarded as a "great guy" and someone who will add value around the club.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Bonbeach (2019/20) 4 4 0 99 48 24.75 1 5 0 0/5 -
Bonbeach (2018/19) 15 15 3 607 153 50.58 1 7 0 0/7 -
Arbroath United (2018) 17 17 3 447 62 31.92 60.5 305 12 5/19 25.41
Austerlands (2017) 22 22 2 702 81* 35.10 108.3 500 16 3/25 31.25
Date of Birth 04/03/1995
Age 25
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusAvailable
Playing RoleBatsman
Player Status Available
Bowling Style Left-arm Orthodox Spin
Batting Style Left-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Burgher Recreation Club, Moors Sports Club, Sri Lanka Board U25s XI, Sri Lanka Cricket Development U16s, Bonbeach CC 1st Grade
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Shanuka Dulaj Withanawasam is an exciting talent who burst onto Sri Lanka's domestic scene in 2015/16 taking T20 figures of 5-22, before hitting his maiden first-class hundred (128) a month later.

The former Prince of Wales College student has since played over 50 matches across the three formats. He boasts 3 centuries, including a highest score of 181*, all with an average over 34. Bowling opportunities have been limited, especially in red-ball cricket, but he still maintains a T20 bowling average of 10.16, courtesy of his career-best 5-22.

Dulaj shot to prominence a few years prior to his first-class debut, following an outstanding season for his College. He struck 1,249 runs and took 44 wickets during the 2013/14 Inter-School season and was crowned the Singer-SLSCA Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year at the inaugural Singer Cricket Awards.

A left-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox spinner, Dulaj decided to forego domestic cricket in 2018/19 in favour of a placement in Australia. Playing for Bonbeach in the strong Southern Bayside Competition, he helped his side to the Championship final courtesy of 607 runs at 50.58. He has subsequently returned for a second stint in 2019/20, before returning to new domestic side Burgher Recreation Club in 2020.

Dulaj has also impressed in the UK with 2 previous stints, playing in England in 2017 (Austerlands - Pennine Cricket League) and Scotland in 2018 (Arbroath United - CSL Eastern Premier Division). During the former in the top tier of the strong Pennine Cricket League, he scored 548 runs at 34.25 and took 13 wickets at 34.85 with his left-arm spin. He then backed up with 447 runs at 31.92 and 12 wickets at 25.41 in Scotland, which reflects decent returns given the conditions.

He is looking to build on his success abroad with a third stint in 2021. Dulaj is not only a player of great promise - particularly with the bat, but is regarded as a "great guy" and someone who will add value around the club.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Bonbeach (2019/20) 4 4 0 99 48 24.75 1 5 0 0/5 -
Bonbeach (2018/19) 15 15 3 607 153 50.58 1 7 0 0/7 -
Arbroath United (2018) 17 17 3 447 62 31.92 60.5 305 12 5/19 25.41
Austerlands (2017) 22 22 2 702 81* 35.10 108.3 500 16 3/25 31.25
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