The Daily Star – Bangladesh – Upul Chandana is one of those cricketers who had the talent to succeed at the highest level, but because of circumstances — in Chandana’s case some of them were external and others self-created — that potential remained unfulfilled in a career spanning from 1994 to 2007.


  • “Murali used to do spot-bowling for two hours before every training session,” Chandana said about his one-time teammate during an exclusive chat with The Daily Star yesterday in Colombo.
  • Chandana was a superb fielder and that is the area in which he is giving back to Sri Lankan cricket as the fielding coach of the Under-19 side.
  • About Bangladesh cricket, he said that the team had benefited from the hard work done by players who were his contemporaries.
  • “At that time Athar [Ali], Akram Khan, Bulbul [Aminul Islam] did the hard work to take Bangladesh to this level.
  • While praising Mushfiqur Rahim for the innings he played to deliver Bangladesh’s successful chase of Sri Lanka’s 214 on Saturday, Chandana singled out two Bangladesh youngsters for special praise.

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