Kandurata cricket team
|Home ground:||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium|
|First-class debut:||vs Western Province
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. 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.
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)
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. 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.
Establishment of Twenty20 (2000–2010)
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.
Grounds and Sponsorship
|Full name||Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium|
|Location||Pallekele, Kandy District, Central Province|
|Owner||Sri Lanka Cricket|
|Kandurata cricket team (1990–present)|
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. The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy. 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.
Kandurata has some reputed Test cricket players such as Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan. 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. 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.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|104||Chamara Kapugedera||24 February 1987||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|145||Jeewan Mendis||15 January 1983||Left-handed||Right arm leg break|
|111||Tharanga Paranavitana||15 April 1982||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|—||Indika Senaratne||15 February 1986||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|—||Kanchana Gunawardene||9 October 1984||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|31||Chinthaka Jayasinghe||19 May 1978||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||T20i Representative only|
|24||Suresh Perera||16 February 1978||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|3||Thilan Samaraweera||22 September 1976||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|97||Thilan Thushara||1 March 1981||Left-handed||Left arm medium-fast|
|104||Kaushalya Weeraratne||29 January 1981||Left-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|—||GASK Gangodawila||20 June 1984||Left-handed||Right arm fast|
|84||Kumar Sangakkara||27 October 1977||Left-handed||—||Club captain|
|54||Muttiah Muralitharan||17 April 1972||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|98||Dilhara Fernando||19 July 1979||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|—||Chaminda Vidanapathirana||25 January 1983||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|—||Seekkuge Prasanna||27 June 1985||Right-handed||Right arm leg break|
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