Kandurata cricket team

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Kandurata Elevens
Team information
Founded 1990
Home ground Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Capacity 35,000
First-class debut vs Western Province[1]
in 1990
at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
IP FC wins 2 (2003–04, 2004–05)
IP LO wins 2 (2007–08, 2009–10)
IP T20 wins none
Official website: Sri Lanka Cricket

Kandurata cricket team was a Sri Lankan first class cricket team based in Kandy, that represented Central Province of Sri Lanka. Kandurata competed in all three provincial tournaments:the first class cricket competition known as the Inter-Provincial First Class Tournament, the List A cricket competition known as the Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament and the Twenty20 competition known as the Inter-Provincial Twenty20.

Kandurata is the current champion of Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament, and has won title in 2010–11, 2009–10, and the joint title in 2007–08 series.[2] In 2007/08 Inter-provincial Limited overs tournament, Kandurata reached the finals by winning all their round robin matches, but the game was washed out due to rain.[3]


From the commence of Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, the team representing Central Province is known as Central province team. But from the 2007/08 season, the team known as "Kandurata" team. "Kandurata" is Sinhalese for "Hill country". The hills or central highlands are mainly situated in central province.


Early years (1990–2000)[edit]

Sri Lanka Cricket fearing that Club cricket alone would not be enough to keep Sri Lankan cricket competitive, the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament was created as a domestic first-class cricket tournament in Sri Lanka in 1990.[4] From the inauguration of the tournament, in 1990, participating teams varied from year to year. The tournament started with four provincial teams. They were Western Province, Southern Province, North Western Province and Kandurata.

In the first first-class Inter-provincial tournament, which was called the 1990 Singer Inter-Provincial Trophy, Kandurata, then called Central Province, captained by J.R.Ratnayeke, had come second out of the four provinces, losing none but second to Western Provinceon points, with 11.4. Western Province went on to win the tournament, not losing a game.[5]

Establishment of Twenty20 (2000–2010)[edit]

With the establishment of Twenty20 cricket in 2003, it came to Sri Lanka in 2004 as the Twenty20 Tournament, however this was replaced with the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 in 2008. Wayamba won the 2007–08 Inter-Provincial Twenty20, which was the first edition of the tournament. They had won four out of five matches in the group stage and eventually won their way into the finals with Ruhuna. Wayamba won by 31 runs.[6]


Grounds and Sponsorship[edit]

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Full name Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium
Location Pallekele, Kandy District, Central Province
Owner Sri Lanka Cricket
Capacity 35,000
Opened 2009
Kandurata cricket team (1990–present)

The team's home ground was Asgiriya Stadium, in Kandy. Which was later changed to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium once it was fully constructed.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy. The stadium was declared opened on 27 November 2009.[7] The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy.[8] The Pallekele stadium is wholly owned by Sri Lanka Cricket and is set to displace the Asgiriya Stadium, which has hosted Tests from 1983 to 2007, as the international venue of choice around Kandy. The stadium was built by the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka and is designed along the lines of SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa.

Mas Holdings, a Sri Lankan apparel industrial firm is the team's sponsor.[9]


Kumar Sangakkara of Kandurata Elevens.

Kandurata has some reputed Test cricket players such as Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan.[10] Unlike in India and Australia, where cricketers represent their home province or state, it is the norm in Sri Lanka for outside cricketers to play for another province in Inter-Provincial Tournament. This is because uneven distribution of cricketer population among provinces.[citation needed] Therefore, it resulted in players like Nishantha Ranatunga and Sanjeeva Ranatunga from Western Province, where the most cricketing population occurs, playing in Kandurata or Central Province.

Current Squad[edit]

Players with Test caps are listed in bold. One Day International caps in italics.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
104 Chamara Kapugedera Sri Lanka (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
145 Jeewan Mendis Sri Lanka (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 34) Left-handed Right arm leg break
111 Tharanga Paranavitana Sri Lanka (1982-04-15) 15 April 1982 (age 35) Left-handed Right arm off break
Indika Senaratne Sri Lanka (1986-02-15) 15 February 1986 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off break
Kanchana Gunawardene Sri Lanka (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 32) Left-handed Right arm off break
31 Chinthaka Jayasinghe Sri Lanka (1978-05-19) 19 May 1978 (age 39) Right-handed Right arm medium pace T20i Representative only
24 Suresh Perera Sri Lanka (1978-02-16) 16 February 1978 (age 39) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
3 Thilan Samaraweera Sri Lanka (1976-09-22) 22 September 1976 (age 40) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
97 Thilan Thushara Sri Lanka (1981-03-01) 1 March 1981 (age 36) Left-handed Left arm medium-fast
104 Kaushalya Weeraratne Sri Lanka (1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 36) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
GASK Gangodawila Sri Lanka (1984-06-20) 20 June 1984 (age 33) Left-handed Right arm fast
84 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka (1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 (age 39) Left-handed Club captain
54 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka (1972-04-17) 17 April 1972 (age 45) Right-handed Right arm off break
98 Dilhara Fernando Sri Lanka (1979-07-19) 19 July 1979 (age 38) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Chaminda Vidanapathirana Sri Lanka (1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Seekkuge Prasanna Sri Lanka (1985-06-27) 27 June 1985 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm leg break

Notable players[edit]

The following is a list of notable players who have represented both Kandurata and Sri Lanka.[11]



First Class[edit]


List A[edit]

2007–08, 2009–10



  1. ^ "Singer Inter-Provincial Trophy, 1990". Cricinfo. 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  2. ^ SLC Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament 2009–10 – Sangakkara leads Kandurata to title
  3. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (14 January 2008). "Teams share trophy as rain ruins final". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Tournaments in Sri Lanka". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  5. ^ http://static.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1990/SL_LOCAL/SIPT/SINGER_TABLE_1990.html
  6. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/sldomestic/engine/match/345462.html
  7. ^ "New Pallekele International Cricket stadium opens today". Lankapuvath – National News Agency of Sri Lanka. 27 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Siddarth Ravindran (23 August 2010). "Pallekele readies itself for the big day". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka Domestic Season". www.planetcricket.net. 22 December 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  10. ^ "MAS Holdings Kandurata confident of entering final". Daily News. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  11. ^ "Match/series archive". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-14.