- D.O.B.: 17/05/1998
- Player Type: Spin Bowler
- Placed: Mildenhall CC
- Nationality: Sri Lankan
- Playing Role: Right-handed Lower Order Batsman and Slow Left-Arm Orthodox
- Coaching qualifications: None
- Current teams: Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club (SL Provincial)
- Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
- Available: April to September
Naveen is a baby-faced, smiling assassin from the small town of Padukka in Sri Lanka, east of Colombo. Having been schooled at Thurstan College, Colombo, Naveen represented his region at a variety of different age group levels and has gone on to represent Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club as well as Chilaw Marians CC more recently at the elite level. A right-handed Lower order Batsman, Naveen is not known for his batting exploits but with ball-in-hand, his Left-arm Orthodox spin bowling exploits cannot be understated at this stage of his career.
With 308 wickets @ 14.71 across all formats from U19 through to Mercantile & U23 cricket, it was a fait accompli that we would see him in professional cricket in the very near future. Come 2018, Naveen was awarded his first senior call up, for Chilaw Marians CC in the One Day Provincial Premier tournament. In 4 games, he bagged 5 wickets @ 21.40 but surprisingly, was not sighted again until early 2020.
Aged 22 and with a lot more experience under his belt, he joined Sebastianites CAC for their 2020 First Class 3-day Premier Tournament. In just 6 games, he bagged an incredible 40 wickets @ 21.72 which included two 10-wicket hauls, 11-164 against SL Army and 10-133 against KTC.
An attacking spinner, Naveen is seeking his first venture to the UK next summer and with his pure greed for wickets in the Professional game apparent, should be a mighty handful in league Cricket for 2022.
|Sebastianites CAC (First Class)||2019-20||6||8||58|
|Chilaw Marians CC (List A)||2017-18||10||4||7|