Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper de Alwis dies at 52


Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Guy de Alwis, 52, died on Saturday night after a battle with cancer. De Alwis is the fourth* Test cricketer from Sri Lanka to pass away after Sritharan Jeganathan, Anura Ranasinghe and Roshan Guneratne.
He represented Sri Lanka in 11 Tests and 31 ODIs from 1983 to 1988. De Alwis topped his country’s batting averages in the 1983 World Cup with 167 runs at 55.66, including unbeaten half-centuries against Pakistan and England.
“When Guy felt pain in his stomach in the first week of November (2012) he underwent a biopsy test. It was then revealed that he had cancer in his pancreas,” said Ken, de Alwis’ brother. “The doctors said it was too late to do anything. Arjuna (Ranatunga) came to his help and through him we managed to seek ayurvedic treatment. He was under treatment till his death.”
De Alwis, who like Ranatunga, played for the Sinhalese Sports Club, served in Sri Lanka Cricket’s interim committee headed by the former captain in 2008. He was also a former chairman of selectors and secretary.
“Guy was not only a committed cricketer but a person who fought for justice,” Ranatunga said. “As a selector he was not afraid to pick players on merit. As an administrator he was strongly against corruption and went to a great extent to try and eliminate it. He was one of the best wicketkeepers produced by Sri Lanka.”