List of Sri Lanka national cricket captains

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This is a list of all men, boys and women who have captained a Sri Lankan national cricket team at official international level. Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council on 21 July 1981. Previously they were an associate member of the ICC from 1965, which made them eligible to compete in the ICC Trophy, the leading one-day tournament for associate members. Just after Sri Lanka gained Test status in 1981 a team of rebel players toured apartheid South Africa under the banner "Arosa Sri Lanka" (the term "Arosa" being derived from the promoter's name). All players who toured Sri Lanka were banned from official cricket matches for life, thereby setting Sri Lanka's development back. Sri Lanka's greatest success in One Day Internationals was when they won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga.

Men's cricket[edit]

Test match captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan cricket team for at least one Test match. The table of results is complete including the second Test against Pakistan which ended on 18 August 2014. Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player captained this side for a minor proportion in a series.

Sri Lankan Test match captains
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Bandula Warnapura[1] 1981/2 England Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0
1981/2 Pakistan Pakistan 2 0 2 0
1982/3 India India 1 0 0 1
Total 4 0 3 1
2 Duleep Mendis[2] 1981/2† Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 0 1
1982/3 Australia Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0
1983/4 New Zealand Sri Lanka 3 0 2 1
1984 England England 1 0 0 1
1985 India Sri Lanka 3 1 0 1
1985/6 Pakistan Pakistan 3 0 2 1
1985/6 Pakistan Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1
1986/7 India India 3 0 2 1
1986/7 New Zealand Sri Lanka 1 0 0 1
Total 19 2 8 9
3 Somachandra de Silva[3] 1982/3 New Zealand New Zealand 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 2 0
4 Ranjan Madugalle[4] 1987/8 Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
1988 England England 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 2 0
5 Arjuna Ranatunga[5]
1989/90 Australia Australia 2 0 1 1
1990/1 India India 1 0 1 0
1990/1 New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 0 3
1992 Australia Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
1992/3 New Zealand Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1
1992/3 England England 1 1 0 0
1993 India Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
1993 South Africa Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
1993/4 West Indies Sri Lanka 1 0 0 1
1993/4 India India 3 0 3 0
1994 Pakistan Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0
1994/5 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3
1994/5 New Zealand New Zealand 2 1 0 1
1995/6 Pakistan Pakistan 3 2 1 0
1995/6 Australia Australia 2 0 2 0
1996 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
1996/7 New Zealand New Zealand 2 0 2 0
1996/7 Pakistan Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
1996/7 West Indies West Indies 2 0 1 1
1997 India Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
1997/8 India India 3 0 0 3
1997/8 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
1997/8 South Africa South Africa 2 0 2 0
1998 New Zealand Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0
1998 England England 1 1 0 0
1998/9 India Sri Lanka 1 0 0 1
Total 56 12 19 25
6 Aravinda de Silva[6]
1991 England England 1 0 1 0
1991/2 Pakistan Pakistan 3 0 1 2
1995/6† Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
1998/9† Pakistan Bangladesh 1 0 1 0
Total 6 0 4 2
7 Hashan Tillakaratne[7] 1998/9 Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 0 1
2003 New Zealand Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
2003 West Indies Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1
2003/4 England Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2
2003/4 Australia Sri Lanka 3 0 3 0
Total 11 1 4 6
8 Sanath Jayasuriya[8]
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1999 Australia Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2
1999/2000 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2
1999/2000 Pakistan Pakistan 3 2 1 0
2000 Pakistan Sri Lanka 3 0 2 1
2000 South Africa Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1
2000/1 South Africa South Africa 3 0 2 1
2000/1 England Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0
2001 India Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0
2001/2 Bangladesh1 Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0
2001/2 West Indies Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0
2001/2 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0
2001/2 Pakistan² Pakistan 1 1 0 0
2002 England England 3 0 2 1
2002 Bangladesh Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
2002/3 South Africa South Africa 1 0 1 0
Total 38 18 12 8
9 Marvan Atapattu[9] 2002/3† South Africa South Africa 1 0 1 0
2004 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2 2 0 0
2004 Australia Australia 2 0 1 1
2004 South Africa South Africa 2 1 0 1
2004/5 Pakistan Pakistan 2 1 1 0
2004/5 New Zealand New Zealand 2 0 1 1
2005 West Indies Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
2005/6 Bangladesh Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
2005/6 India India 3 0 2 1
Total 18 8 6 4
10 Mahela Jayawardene[10]
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2005/6 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 2 0 0
2005/6 Pakistan Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1
2006 England England 3 1 1 1
2006 South Africa Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
2006/7 New Zealand New Zealand 2 1 1 0
2007 Bangladesh Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0
2007/8 Australia Australia 2 0 2 0
2007/8 England Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2
2007/8 West Indies West Indies 2 1 1 0
2008 India Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0
2008/09 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 2 0 0
2009 Pakistan Pakistan 2 0 0 2
2011/12 England Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0
2012 Pakistan Sri Lanka 3 1 0 0
2012/13 New Zealand Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0
2012/13 Australia Australia 3 0 3 0
Total 38 18 12 8
11 Kumar Sangakkara[11]
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2009 Pakistan Sri Lanka 3 2 0 1
2009 New Zealand Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
2009/10 India India 3 0 2 1
2010 India Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1
2010/11 West Indies Sri Lanka 3 0 0 3
2011† England England 1 0 0 1
Total 15 5 3 7
12 Tillakaratne Dilshan[12]
Tillakaratne Dilshan portrait.jpg
2011 England England 2 0 1 1
2011 Australia Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
2011/12 Pakistan United Arab Emirates 3 0 1 2
2011/12 South Africa South Africa 3 1 2 0
Total 11 1 5 5
13 Angelo Mathews[13]
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2012/13 Bangladesh Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1
2013/14 Pakistan United Arab Emirates 3 1 1 1
2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 1 0 1
2014 England England 2 1 0 1
2014 South Africa Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1
2014 Pakistan Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0
Total 13 6 2 5
Grand total[14] 233 71 82 80

Notes:

  • 1 Asian Test Championship
  • ² Final of the Asian Test Championship

Men's One-Day International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan cricket team for at least one One Day International. The table of results is complete to the first ODI against India on 19 August 2006. Sri Lanka's greatest success was when they won the 1996 cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga.

Sri Lankan ODI captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Anura Tennekoon[15] 1975–1979 4 0 0 4 0
2 Bandula Warnapura[16] 1979-1982/3 8 3 0 5 0
3 Duleep Mendis[17] 1981/2-1987/8 61 11 0 46 4
4 Somachandra de Silva[18] 1982/3 1 0 0 1 0
5 Ranjan Madugalle[19] 1987/8-1988/9 13 2 0 11 0
6 Arjuna Ranatunga[20] 1988/9-1999 193 89 1 95 8
7 Ravi Ratnayeke[21] 1988/9 1 1 0 0 0
8 Aravinda de Silva[22] 1991/2-1995/6 18 5 0 12 1
9 Roshan Mahanama[23] 1993/4 2 0 0 2 0
10 Sanath Jayasuriya[24] 1997/8, 1999-2002/3 117 65 2 47 3
11 Marvan Atapattu[25] 2000/1, 2002, 2003-2005/6 63 35 0 27 1
12 Mahela Jayawardene[26] 2004–2009, 2011/12-2012/13 126 68 1 49 8
13 Chaminda Vaas[27] 2005/6 1 0 0 1 0
14 Kumar Sangakkara[28] 2009–2011 45 27 0 14 4
15 TM Dilshan[29] 2009/10, 2011-2011/12 26 11 0 15 0
16 Angelo Mathews[30] 2012- Present 43 24 0 17 2
17 Dinesh Chandimal[31] 2013 2 2 0 0 0
Grand total[32] 725 344 4 346 31

Twenty20 International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan cricket team for at least one Twenty20 International.

Sri Lankan Twenty20 International captains
Number Name Period of captaincy Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Mahela Jayawardene[33] 2006–2008, 2012 19 12 1 6 0
2 Tillakaratne Dilshan[34] 2009, 2011 5 2 0 3 0
3 Kumar Sangakkara[35] 2009–2010 22 13 0 9 0
4 Thilina Kandamby[36] 2011 1 1 0 0 0
5 Angelo Mathews[37] 2012-2013 4 2 0 1 1
6 Dinesh Chandimal[38] 2013–2014 12 8 0 4 0
7 Lasith Malinga[39] 2014-Present 4 4 0 0 0
Grand total[40] 67 42 1 23 1

ICC Trophy[edit]

The ICC Trophy is the leading one-day tournament from non-Test teams, and Sri Lanka participated in the tournament before they gained Test status. This is a list of the men who captained Sri Lanka in the ICC Trophy.

Sri Lankan ICC Trophy captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result Where finished
1 Anura Tennekoon 1979 3 3 0 0 0 Winners
2 Bandula Warnapura 1979 1 1 0 0 0 as above
Grand total 4 4 0 0 0

Rebel Sri Lanka[edit]

In October and November 1982 a group of Sri Lankan cricketers went on a private tour of apartheid South Africa. It was the first time a tour comprising all non-white cricketers had toured white South Africa (a team of Kenyan Asians had previously visited the black areas of South Africa, and the International Wanderers XI and DH Robins' XI that had toured in the 1970s included a small number of non-white players). They played under the banner "Arosa Sri Lanka", the "Arosa" bit coming from their promoters. All players were banned from cricket for life as a result.

The Arosa Sri Lanka team was captained by Bandula Warnapura. They were soundly beaten in the two rebel Tests and four rebel ODIs that they played against the full South African cricket team.

Youth cricket[edit]

Test match captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan Under-19 cricket team for at least one under-19 Test match. The table of results is complete to the second "Test" against Pakistan in 2004/5. Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player was captain for a minor proportion in a series. The very nature of Under-19 cricket means that in practice no youth captains the side for more than one year.

Sri Lankan Under-19 Test match captains
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Aravinda de Silva 1983/4 Australia Australia 3 0 1 2
2 Roshan Mahanama 1984/5 Australia Australia 1 1 0 0
3 Asanka Gurusinha 1986 England England 3 0 1 2
4 Denham Madena 1986/7 England Sri Lanka 3 0 0 3
5 Suchithra Alexander 1992 England England 3 0 1 2
6 Avishka Gunawardene 1993/4 England Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2
7 Nimesh Perera 1996/7 India Sri Lanka 3 0 2 1
8 Upekha Fernando 1998/9 India India 1 0 0 1
9 Kaushalya Weeraratne 2000 England England 3 2 1 0
10 Thilina Kandamby 2000/1 Australia Australia 3 0 3 0
11 Farveez Maharoof 2003 Pakistan Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
12 Harsha Vithana 2005 Pakistan Pakistan 2 0 0 2
14 Angelo Mathews 2005 England England 3 0 3 0
15 Sachith Pathirana 2007 India Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1
16 Dinesh Chandimal 2009 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 0 0 2
17 Chathura Peiris 2010 England England 2 1 1 0
18 Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2011 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 0 0 2
19 Kusal Mendis 2013 India Sri Lanka 4 0 0 4
Grand total 47 6 14 27

Youth One-Day International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan Under-19 cricket team for at least one Under-19 One Day International. The table of results is complete to the end of the 2005/6 Afro-Asia Cup. Sri Lanka's best result in the Under-19 World Cup was as runners-up in 1999/2000 under the captaincy of Malintha Gajanayake.

Sri Lankan Under-19 ODI captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Aravinda de Silva 1983/4 3 1 0 2 0
2 Asanka Gurusinha 1986 2 2 0 0 0
3 Denham Madena 1986/7 3 2 0 1 0
4 Rohan Weerakkody 1987/8 7 3 0 4 0
5 Marvan Atapattu 1989/90 3 1 0 2 0
6 Avishka Gunawardene 1993/4 3 2 0 1 0
7 Pradeep Hewage 1997/8 6 4 0 2 0
8 Upekha Fernando 1998/9 3 0 0 3 0
9 Prasanna Jayawardene 1998/9 1 0 0 1 0
10 Malintha Gajanayake 1999/2000 8 6 0 2 0
11 Kaushalya Weeraratne 2000 3 0 0 3 0
12 Thilina Kandamby 2000/1 4 1 0 1 2
13 Dhammika Niroshana 2001/2 10 1 0 8 1
14 Jeewan Mendis 2001/2 1 1 0 0 0
15 Farveez Maharoof 2003-2003/4 19 9 0 10 0
16 Harsha Vithana 2004/5 3 2 0 1 0
17 Angelo Mathews 2005-2006 9 4 0 4 1
18 Sameera de Zoysa 2006 2 1 0 1 0
19 Sachith Pathirana 2007 10 3 0 6 1
20 Ashan Priyanjan 2007/08 15 7 0 8 0
21 Dinesh Chandimal 2009 5 1 0 4 0
22 Chathura Peiris 2009/10 24 12 0 10 0
23 Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2009-2011 5 3 0 1 0
24 Yashodha Lanka 2011 1 0 0 1 0
25 Angelo Jayasinghe 2011 7 3 0 4 0
26 Sanitha de Mel 2012 8 5 0 3 0
27 Kusal Mendis 2013/14 18 9 0 8 1
28 Sadeera Samarawickrama 2014 1 1 0 0 0
Grand total 200 93 0 98 9

Women's cricket[edit]

Test match captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan women's cricket team for at least one women's Test match. Sri Lanka have played only one women's Test.[41]

Sri Lankan women's Test match captains
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Rasanjali Silva 1997/8 Pakistan Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0

Women's One-Day International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the Sri Lankan women's cricket team for at least one women's one-day international. The table of results is complete to the women's ODI against South Africa in the World Cup in 2004/5. Sri Lanka have never reached the semi-final stage in women's World Cups.

Sri Lankan women's ODI captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Vanessa Bowen 1997 7 2 0 5 0
2 Rasanjali Silva 1998-2000 15 10 0 5 0
3 Suthershini Sivanantham 2002-03 12 12 0 0 0
4 Thanuja Ekanayake 2004 4 0 0 4 0
5 Chandimali Samanthi 2004 1 0 0 1 0
6 Sandamali Dolawatta 2005-2013 6 1 0 4 1
7 Shashikala Siriwardene 2005-2014 49 18 0 29 2
8 Chamani Seneviratna 2010 2 1 1 0 0
9 Dilani Manodara 2010 11 5 5 0 1
10 Chamari Atapattu 2014-present
Grand total 110 49 0 57 4

Women's Twenty20International captains[edit]

Sri Lankan women's T20I captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Chamari Polgampola 2009 3 1 0 2 0
2 Chamani Seneviratna 2010 6 1 0 5 0
3 Shashikala Siriwardene 2010-2014 31 9 0 20 2
4 Dilani Manodara 2012 5 1 0 3 1
5 Chamari Atapattu 2014-present
Grand total 45 12 0 30 3

See also[edit]

List of Test Cricket Series against Sri Lanka
List of international cricket grounds in Sri Lanka
List of T20I Cricket Series against Sri Lanka
List of ODI Cricket Series against Sri Lanka

References[edit]

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