Former Australian Test player and commentator at the ongoing tr-series in Australia Tom Moody said in a tweet that he was sad to hear about the death of Abeynaike.
“Very sad to hear of the passing of Ranil Abeynayake had the pleasure to work alongside this gracious man. RIP,” Moody said.
Cricket commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa also tweeted on Abeynayake’s death saying it was terrible news.
Full name: Ranil Gemunu Abeynaike
Born: February 12, 1955, Mount Lavinia
Died: February 21, 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka (aged 57 years 9 days)
Major teams: Bedfordshire, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox