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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)
4th (ODI)
1st (T20I)[1] [1]
All-time best ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking {{{all-time best official rank}}} [2]
Test matches
– This year
Last Test match vs  New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 3–7 Jan 2015
– This year
As of 1 March 2015 [3]
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 later 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 1990s, rising from underdog status to winning the Cricket World Cup in 1996. Since then, the team has continued to be a force in international cricket. The Sri Lankan cricket team reached the finals of the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups consecutively. But they ended up being runners up in both those occasions.[2]

Sri Lanka have won two World Cup trophies in the short period since gaining Test status — to go with their 1996 World Cup in the 50-over format, they clinched the Twenty20 World Cup in 2014 by beating India in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014.[3]

The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath, among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket in the last two decades.

Sangakkara has held the No. 1 position in the Test rankings for batsmen, and is on track to become the second-highest run-maker in ODIs. He also has over 12,000 Test runs, making the Sri Lankan one of the best batsman in cricket history. He is the only Sri Lankan cricketer who is highly sought-after by English counties.[4]

Sri Lanka have won the Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), have been consecutive runners up in the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups, and have been runners up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2012. The team have won the ICC World Twenty20 championship for the first time in 2014. The Sri Lankan cricket team currently holds several world records, including world records for highest team totals in all three forms of the game, Test, ODI and Twenty20.

As of 1 March 2015, the Sri Lankan cricket team is ranked sixth in Tests, fourth 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.[5] The team's first win came against Patiala at Dhruve Pandove Stadium in 1932–33.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] Sri Lanka whitewashed England 5–0 in the NatWest Series in 2006, which is England's heaviest home defeat in a bilateral ODI Series.[9] 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 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.[10]


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.[11] 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.[12]

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
R. Premadasa
R. Premadasa
Tyronne Fernando
Tyronne Fernando
Rangiri Dambulla
Rangiri Dambulla
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Locations of all international grounds in Sri Lanka


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 lists all the players who are contracted with Sri Lanka Cricket till March 2014.[13]


  • S/N: Shirt number
  • 1 Is also an All-rounder
Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team Forms S/N
Test and ODI Captain; All-rounder
Angelo Mathews 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium Colts Test, ODI, T20 69
T20 Captain; Fast bowler
Lasith Malinga 31 Right-handed Right-arm fast Nondescripts ODI, T20 99
Test, ODI and T20 Vice-Captain; Middle-Order Batsmen
Lahiru Thirimanne 25 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Ragama Test, ODI, T20 66
Opening Batsmen
Tillakaratne Dilshan1 38 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Tamil Union ODI, T20 23
Upul Tharanga 30 Left-handed Nondescripts Test, ODI, T20 44
Dimuth Karunaratne 26 Left-handed Right-arm medium Sinhalese Test
Middle-Order Batsmen
Kithuruwan Vithanage 24 Left-handed Right-arm Leg-Break Tamil Union Test, ODI, T20 43
Mahela Jayawardene 37 Right-handed Right-arm medium Sinhalese ODI 27
Kumar Sangakkara 37 Left-handed Right-arm medium Nondescripts Test, ODI 11
Dinesh Chandimal 25 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Nondescripts Test,ODI, Twenty20 17
Prasanna Jayawardene 35 Right-handed Panadura Test 04
Kusal Perera 24 Left-handed Colts ODI, T20 08
Kaushal Silva 28 Right-handed Sinhalese Test
Niroshan Dickwella 21 Left-handed Nondescripts Test
All rounders
Angelo Perera 25 Right-handed Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Nondescripts ODI, T20
Ashan Priyanjan 25 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break SLPA ODI 03
Dilruwan Perera 32 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Colts Test, ODI, T20 15
Thisara Perera 25 Left-handed Right-arm medium–fast Sinhalese ODI, Test, T20 01
Jeevan Mendis 32 Left-handed Right-arm Legbreak Tamil Union ODI, T20 09
Sachithra Senanayake 30 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Sinhalese ODI, T20 18
Pace Bowlers
Dhammika Prasad 31 Right-handed Right-arm Fast-medium Sinhalese Test, ODI, T20
Nuwan Kulasekara 32 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium Colts Test, ODI, T20 92
Suranga Lakmal 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Tamil Union Test, ODI 82
Chanaka Welegedara 33 Right-handed Left-arm fast–medium Tamil Union Test, ODI 12
Shaminda Eranga 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium Tamil Union Test, ODI 22
Nuwan Pradeep 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium Bloomfield Test, ODI
Spin Bowlers
Seekkuge Prasanna 29 Right-handed Right-arm Leg-Break Sri Lanka Army Test, ODI 06
Rangana Herath 36 Left-handed Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Tamil Union Test, ODI, T20 14
Ajantha Mendis 29 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break, Leg-Break Sri Lanka Army Test, ODI, T20 40
Suraj Randiv 30 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Bloomfield Test, ODI, T20 88
Tharindu Kaushal 21 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Nondescripts Test

Coaching staff[edit]

Records & Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]