Sri Lanka national cricket team

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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka cricket crest
Sri Lanka cricket crest
Test status acquired 1982
First Test match vs England England at P. Sara Oval, Colombo, 17–21 February 1982
Captain Angelo Mathews (Test & ODI)
Lasith Malinga (T20I)
Coach Marvan Atapattu
Current ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking 6th (Test)
5th (ODI)
1st (T20I)[1] [1]
All-time best ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking ??? (Test)
1st (ODI)
1st (T20I) [2]
Test matches
– This year
235
1
Last Test match vs  New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 3–7 Jan 2015
Wins/losses
– This year
71/84
0/1
As of 29 March 2015
Sri Lanka cricket logo

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team is the national cricket team of Sri Lanka. The team first played international cricket in 1926–27, and were awarded Test status in 1981, which made Sri Lanka the eighth Test cricket playing nation. The team is administered by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka's national cricket team achieved considerable success beginning in the mid-1990s, rising from underdog status, mainly in part due to the efforts of Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, to claim the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Since then, the team has continued to be a force in international cricket.

Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Marvan Atapattu, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis among many other talented players, have helped maintain the success of Sri Lankan cricket in the last decade.

Sangakkara has held the No. 1 position in the Test rankings for batsmen for quite some time, and is the second-highest run-maker in ODIs. He also has over 12,000 Test runs, and considered one of the best batsmen in cricket history.

Sri Lanka have been Champions of the Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (sharing victory with India) and have been consecutive Runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups as well as being Runners-up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2012.

The Sri Lankan cricket team currently holds several world records, including world records for highest team totals in all three formats of the game; Test, ODI and Twenty20.

Sri Lanka cricket team is the current Twenty20 World Champions, Asian champions in Test and ODI formats.

As of 29 March 2015, the Sri Lankan cricket team is ranked sixth in Tests, fifth in ODIs and first in T20Is by the ICC.[1]

History of Sri Lankan international cricket[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ceylon, as the country was known before 1972, played its first first-class match under that name against Marylebone Cricket Club at Nomads Ground, Victoria Park, Colombo in 1926–27, losing by an innings.[2] The team's first win came against Patiala at Dhruve Pandove Stadium in 1932–33.[3] The Ceylonese side competed in the M. J. Gopalan Trophy games from the 1950s, through the change of name to Sri Lanka, well into the 1970s. Sri Lankan cricket team's One Day International debut came in the 1975 Cricket World Cup and their first One Day International win against a Test cricket playing nation came in the 1979 Cricket World Cup against India. Sri Lanka were later awarded Test cricket status in 1981, by the International Cricket Council.

Test status and beyond[edit]

Since gaining Test Status in 1981, the Sri Lanka cricket team has achieved numerous milestones, some of these include

As of December 2011, the Sri Lankan team has played 209 Test matches, winning 29.66%, losing 35.41% and drawing 34.93% of its games.[4]

Sri Lankan cricket's greatest moment undoubtedly came during the aforementioned 1996 World Cup, when they defeated the top-ranked Australian team under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga in the final. Sri Lanka's game style over the course of the series revolutionised One Day International Cricket, and was characterised by highly aggressive batting of their openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana in the first fifteen overs of the innings to take advantage of the fielding restrictions imposed during this period. This strategy has since become a hallmark of One Day International cricket.

In 2004, Sri Lankan cricket team whitewashed South Africa 5–0 in an ODI series in Sri Lanka, which is the heaviest defeat of a South African cricket team in a bilateral One Day International series.[5] Sri Lanka whitewashed England 5–0 in the NatWest Series in 2006, which is England's heaviest home defeat in a bilateral ODI Series.[6] Sanath Jayasuriya was the Man of the Series. Sri Lanka also whitewashed Zimbabwe 5–0 in two ODI series, which took place in Zimbabwe in 2004 and 2008.

Sri Lanka's heaviest ODI defeat comes in the 2014 season, against India. Sri Lanka team toured India from 30 October to 16 November 2014 for suddenly arranged 5 One Day Internationals after the abandonment of the West Indies tour of India due to a pay dispute. All the matches were lost by Sri Lanka, and India whitewashed the series 5-0.[7]

Special Milestones[edit]

2009 shooting incident[edit]

On 3 March 2009, the Sri Lankan team's convoy was attacked in Lahore, Pakistan by gunmen. This led to the death of five policemen and injuries to seven cricketers and a member of the coaching team.[8] The team was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium where they were scheduled to begin the third day of the Second Test. After the incident the test match was called off by the Sri Lankan Cricket board. Sri Lanka had agreed to tour Pakistan, replacing India who refused to do so citing security concerns.[9]

Governing body[edit]

Main article: Sri Lanka Cricket

Sri Lanka Cricket, formerly the Board for Cricket Control in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), is the controlling body for cricket in Sri Lanka. It operates the Sri Lankan cricket team and first-class cricket within Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket oversees the progress and handling of the major domestic competitions: the First-class tournament Premier Trophy, the List A tournament Premier Limited Overs Tournament and the Twenty20 Tournament. Sri Lanka Cricket also organise and host the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition where five teams take part and represent four different provinces of Sri Lanka.

International grounds[edit]

Sri Lanka national cricket team is located in Sri Lanka
Saravanamuttu
Saravanamuttu
SSC
SSC
CCC
CCC
R. Premadasa
R. Premadasa
Tyronne Fernando
Tyronne Fernando
Galle
Galle
Asgiriya
Asgiriya
Rangiri Dambulla
Rangiri Dambulla
Pallekele
Pallekele
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Welagedara
Welagedara
Locations of all international grounds in Sri Lanka

Test[edit]

Listed in order of date first used for Test match

No Stadium name Location Capacity First used Matches
1 P. Sara Oval Colombo 15,000 17 February 1982 17
2 Asgiriya Stadium (no longer used) Kandy 10,300 22 April 1982 21
3 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo 10,000 16 March 1984 40
4 Colombo Cricket Club Ground(no longer used) Colombo 6,000 24 March 1984 3
5 R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo 35,000 28 August 1992 8
6 Tyronne Fernando Stadium(no longer used) Moratuwa 15,000 8 September 1992 4
7 Galle International Stadium Galle 35,000 3 June 1998 24
8 Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pallekele, Kandy 35,000 1 December 2010 3

Updated 19 August 2014

One Day International[edit]

No Stadium name Location Capacity First used Matches
1 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo 10,000 13 February 1982 64
2 Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium Colombo 15,000 13 April 1983 12
3 Tyronne Fernando Stadium (no longer used) Moratuwa 15,000 31 March 1984 6
4 Asgiriya Stadium (no longer used) Kandy 10,300 2 March 1986 6
5 R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo 35,000 5 April 1986 128
6 Galle International Stadium Galle 35,000 25 June 1998 7
7 Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium Dambulla 16,800 23 March 2001 45
8 Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota 35,000 20 February 2011 16
9 Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Kandy 35,000 8 March 2011 16

Updated 16 December 2014

Twenty20 International[edit]

No Stadium name Location Capacity First used Matches
1 Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium Colombo 15,000 1 February 2010 1
2 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo 10,000 3 February 2010 2
3 R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo 35,000 10 February 2009 20
4 Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pallekele, Kandy 35,000 6 August 2011 16
5 Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota 35,000 1 June 2012 7

Updated 22 November 2014

Tournament History[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

This shows the players who were called up to represent Sri Lanka in 2015

# Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic Team
Opening Batsmen
21 Dimuth Karunaratne 26 Left-Handed Right-Arm Medium S.S.C.
44 Upul Tharanga 30 Left-Handed N.C.C.
Middle-Order Batsmen
66 Lahiru Thirimanne 25 Left-Handed Right-Arm Medium-Fast Ragama
Wicket-Keepers
08 Kusal Perera 24 Left-Handed C.C.C.
11 Kumar Sangakkara 37 Left-Handed Right-Arm Medium N.C.C.
36 Dinesh Chandimal 25 Right-Handed Right-Arm Off-Break N.C.C.
All-Rounders
01 Thisara Perera 25 Left-Handed Right-Arm Medium-Fast S.S.C.
09 Jeevan Mendis 32 Left-Handed Right-Arm Leg-Break Tamil Union
18 Sachithra Senanayake 30 Right-Handed Right-Arm Off-Break S.S.C.
23 Tillakaratne Dilshan 38 Right-Handed Right-Arm Off-Break Tamil Union
41 Seekkuge Prasanna 29 Right-Handed Right-Arm Leg-Break Army
69 Angelo Mathews (C) 27 Right-Handed Right-Arm Fast-Medium C.C.C.
Fast Bowlers
16 Dushmantha Chameera 23 Right-Handed Right-Arm Fast N.C.C.
30 Dhammika Prasad 31 Right-Handed Right-Arm Fast-Medium S.S.C.
82 Suranga Lakmal 28 Right-Handed Right-Arm Fast-Medium Tamil Union
92 Nuwan Kulasekara 32 Right-Handed Right-Arm Medium-Fast C.C.C.
99 Lasith Malinga 31 Right-Handed Right-Arm Fast N.C.C.
Spin Bowlers
14 Rangana Herath 37 Left-Handed Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Tamil Union
34 Tharindu Kaushal 22 Right-Handed Right-Arm Off-Break N.C.C.

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Manager: Sri Lanka Michael de Zoysa
  • Head Coach & Batting Coach: Sri Lanka Marvan Atapattu
  • Assistant Coach & Fielding Coach: England Trevor Penny
  • Coaching Consultant: Sri Lanka Rumesh Ratnayake
  • Fast Bowling Coach: Sri Lanka Chaminda Vaas
  • Spin Bowling Coach: Sri Lanka Roger Wijesuriya
  • Physiotherapist: Australia Steve Mount
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach: Sri Lanka Darshan Weerasinghe
  • Psychologist: England Jeremy Snape

Records & Statistics[edit]

Highest Player Rankings (Top 3)[edit]

Player Test Batting ODI T20I Test Bowling ODI T20I Test Allrounder ODI T20I
Aravinda de Silva - 2 NA - - NA - 2 NA
Sanath Jayasuriya - 1 2 - - - 3 1 1
Muttiah Muralidaran - - - 1 1 - - - -
Chaminda Vaas - - - - 1 - - - -
Mahela Jayawardene 1 - 3 - - - - - -
Tillekeratne Dilshan - 3 1 - - - - 1 -
Kumar Sangakkara 1 2 - - - - - - -
Rangana Herath - - - 2 - - - - -
Nuwan Kulasekara - - - - 1 3 - - -
Angelo Mathews - - - - - - - 1 -
Ajantha Mendis - - - - - 1 - - -
Sachithra Senanayake NA - - NA - 3 NA - -

Updated 26 March 2015

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