Sri Lanka national cricket team
Sri Lanka cricket crest
|Test status granted||1982|
|First Test match||vs England at P. Sara Oval, Colombo, 17–21 February 1982|
|Captain||Angelo Mathews (Test & ODI)
Dinesh Chandimal (T20I)
|Official ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking||6th (Test)
1st (T20I) 
– This year
|Last Test match||vs Bangladesh at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, 16-20 Mar 2013|
– This year
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As of 21 March 2013 
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. The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya (retired) and Aravinda de Silva (retired), backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan (retired) and Chaminda Vaas (retired), among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket during the last 15 years.
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 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.
History of Sri Lankan international cricket 
Early years 
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. The team's first win came against Patiala at Dhruve Pandove Stadium in 1932–33. 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 
Since gaining Test Status in 1981, the Sri Lanka cricket team has achieved many things, some of these include
- First Test Match in 1982 vs England
- First win, and series victory against India in 1985
- First win, and series victory away from home against New Zealand in 1995
- Winners of the 1996 Cricket World Cup, which they co-hosted with India & Pakistan
- Joint Winners of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, which they also hosted in their own right
- Semi Finalists in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, hosted by South Africa
- Runners up in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, hosted by the West Indies
- Runners up in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, hosted by England
- Semi Finalists in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, hosted by the West Indies
- Runners up of the 2011 Cricket World Cup which they co-hosted with India & Bangladesh
- Runners up in, and hosts of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20
- Winners of the Asia Cup in 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008
- Runners up in the Asia Cup in 1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2000 and 2010
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. 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 revolutionized One Day International Cricket, and was characterized by highly aggressive batting of their openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana in the first fifteen overs of the innings in order 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. Sri Lanka whitewashed England 5–0 in the NatWest Series in 2006, which is England's heaviest home defeat in a bilateral ODI Series. 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 is the only ICC Trophy winning team to have gone on to win the Cricket World Cup at a later date.
- Sri Lanka is the only team to have participated in every edition of the Asia Cup.
- Sri Lanka is the fourth nation to reach two consecutive World Cup Finals (2007 and 2011), after West Indies (1975, 1979 and 1983), Australia (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007) and England (1987 and 1992).
2009 shooting incident 
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. 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.
Governing body 
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 organize and host the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition where five teams take part and represent four different provinces of Sri Lanka.
International grounds 
Listed in order of date first used for Test match
|No||Stadium name||Location||Capacity||First used||Matches|
|1||Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium||Colombo||15,000||17 February 1982||15|
|2||Asgiriya Stadium||Kandy||10,300||22 April 1982||21|
|3||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||Colombo||10,000||16 March 1984||34|
|4||Colombo Cricket Club Ground(now not used)||Colombo||6,000||24 March 1984||3|
|5||R. Premadasa Stadium||Colombo||35,000||28 August 1992||7|
|6||Tyronne Fernando Stadium(now not used)||Moratuwa||15,000||8 September 1992||4|
|7||Galle International Stadium||Galle||35,000||3 June 1998||17|
|8||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||Pallekele, Kandy||35,000||1 December 2010||1|
One Day International 
|No||Stadium name||Location||Capacity||First used||Matches|
|1||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||Colombo||10,000||13 February 1982||59|
|2||Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium||Colombo||15,000||13 April 1983||12|
|3||Tyronne Fernando Stadium (now not used)||Moratuwa||15,000||31 March 1984||6|
|4||Asgiriya Stadium||Kandy||10,300||2 March 1986||6|
|5||R. Premadasa Stadium||Colombo||35,000||5 April 1986||101|
|6||Galle International Stadium||Galle||35,000||25 June 1998||4|
|7||Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium||Dambulla||16,800||23 March 2001||43|
|8||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium||Hambantota||35,000||20 February 2011||2|
|9||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||Pallekele, Kandy||35,000||8 March 2011||3|
|10||Welagedara Stadium (Hasn't hosted a match yet)||Kurunegala||10,000||-||-|
Tournament history 
Current Tournaments 
ICC Tournaments 
|Asian Games record|
|2010||Bronze medal match||4/9||3||1||2||0||0|
Defunct Tournaments 
ICC tournaments 
|Commonwealth Games record|
Current squad 
This lists all the players who play for Sri Lanka, and the forms in which they play.
- S/N: Shirt number
- 1 Is also an All-Rounder
Coaching Staff 
- Head Coach: Graham Ford
- Batting Coach: Marvan Atapattu
- Fast Bowling Coach: Chaminda Vaas
- Spin Bowling Coach: Muttiah Muralitaran (part-time)
International Match Summary - Sri Lanka
Test Matches 
One-Day International 
Twenty20 International 
Records by Sri Lanka 
National records by Sri Lanka 
Records are bold if it is a World Record.
Batting records 
Bowling records 
World Cup records by Sri Lanka 
Other records 
See also