Ana Punchihewa

I got to know Peter on his visits to Sri Lanka for the cricket matches after I got involved in cricket administration in 1993. I was President of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka from 1995 to 1996 and am also active in Sri Lankan golf.

Peter was a true friend of Sri Lanka cricket. He always praised the style of cricket we played. His articles on Sri Lanka cricket motivated the cricketers and administrators in the lead up to our World Cup victory in 1996 and beyond. 

Peter also backed Sri Lanka during the times that we were in some trouble with the cricket establishment. Especially, in 1995 during our tour to Australia. The ball tampering incident and Murali being called for chucking.

Eventually we were exonerated on both the charges by ICC. Peter’s articles went a long way to convince the ICC and the cricket loving public the world over that both the charges were incorrect. That debt to him will always remain.

Whenever Peter was in Sri Lanka, covering a Test series, we and others from the world of cricket would meet for dinner at the Colombo Swimming, which is an old colonial club over 100 years old by the sea.

We would talk for hours about cricket, on which he had a vast knowledge and those of us there also laughed a lot. Those evenings with Peter, talking about cricket and the game we all loved will always remain in our memories.

Peter will never be forgotten by Sri Lankan cricket. It is an honour to write the first Sri Lankan memory, but there will be many more. He wrote about cricket in a way that inspired a generation and he will always be remembered.