As a player with the Ragama Cricket Club in his home town 20 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Roshan Abeysinghe realised early in his 25 years as an off spinner and middle-order batsman that as a player he would never make the top flight.
So in his words he tried “the next best thing, the media”.
“I was training at the indoor nets in Ragama during the 1995-96 tour of Australia when I got the chance to do studio updates on that dramatic tour I grabbed the chance.” He hasn’t looked back since, evolving in the time since then into ‘the voice of Sri Lankan cricket’, covering every Test on TV or radio since the year 2000.
A committed Christian, he is quick to “thank God for his grace and opportunity” to follow so closely the sport that he loves.
“Winning that World Cup put Sri Lanka on the world cricket map. We weren’t Ceylon anymore.”
A supporter of the Epiphany Trust for many years, he has been known to describe the work of the Trust during his cricket commentaries…. He is founder of the charity Right to opportunity supporting disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka.