Ruchira Palliyaguruge played for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Old Cambrians Sports Club, Saracens Sports Club. Palliyaguruge bowled right-arm medium pace and batted right-handed. Playing mostly club cricket, he has over 200 first-class wickets to his name and 4,000 runs in a career that began in 1989/90.
Ruchira Palliyaguruge"s debut One Day International (ODI) umpiring was between Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota in 2011.
Ruchira"s umpiring career has been marked with controversy. According to an article in The Sunday Times: Senior cricket umpires have petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket that umpires such as Ruchira Palliyaguruge named for the Interstate Commerce Commission Panel have not been done according to merit.
He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015. He stood in the final of the 2016 Asia Cup.