Sri Lanka Cricket

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Sri Lanka Cricket
Sri Lanka Cricket logo.svg
Sport Cricket
Jurisdiction Sri Lanka
Abbreviation SLC
Founded June 30, 1975; 42 years ago (1975-06-30)
Affiliation International Cricket Council
Affiliation date July 21, 1981; 36 years ago (1981-07-21)
Regional affiliation Asian Cricket Council
Affiliation date September 13, 1983; 34 years ago (1983-09-13)
Headquarters Sinhalese Sports Club
Location 35 Maitland Place, Colombo 7
President Thilanga Sumathipala
Secretary Mohan de Silva
Men's coach Nic Pothas
Women's coach Hemantha Devapriya
Other key staff Jerome Jayaratne (COO)
Operating income LKR 228 million (2016)[1]
Sponsor
Replaced Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL)
Official website
www.srilankacricket.lk
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was first registered with the Ministry of Sports on 30 June 1975 as a national sports body. Initially named Board of Cricket for Sri Lanka (BCCSL), it was renamed Sri Lanka Cricket in 2003. The SLC is thus the apex national body for the administration and development of cricket in Sri Lanka, including management of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

Thilanga Sumathipala (currently Deputy Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament) was elected SLC President on 3 January 2016.[2]

History[edit]

Cricket was brought to the nation when it was colonized by the English. As everywhere that the British arrived in numbers, cricket soon followed and it is reasonable to assume that the game was first played on the island by 1800. The earliest definite mention of cricket in Ceylon was a report in the Colombo Journal on 5 September 1832 which called for the formation of a cricket club. The Colombo Cricket Club was formed soon afterwards and matches began in November 1833 when it played against the 97th Regiment.[3]

Throughout the 20th century, the game became increasingly popular in Sri Lanka. It was in the 1975 inaugural Cricket World Cup that they made their international debut. They lost to the West Indies by 9 wickets. They did however turn heads at the same tournament with an excellent display in their match against Australia. The national team won the ICC Trophy in 1979. On 21 July 1981, Sri Lanka was admitted to full membership of the ICC and was awarded Test Match status. The inaugural Test was played at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo in February 1982 against England but Sri Lanka lost by 8 wickets. Sri Lanka won the 1996 Cricket World Cup by defeating Australia. Sri Lanka won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 by defeating India.

Domestic competitions[edit]

Sri Lanka Cricket oversees the progress and handling of the major domestic competitions in the country: the First-class Premier Trophy, the List A Premier Limited Overs Tournament and the Twenty20 Tournament.

They also organize and host the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition focusing on provincial-level teams with pooled talent rather than on individual cricket clubs.

Leadership[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Name Tenure
Ceylon Cricket Association (1914–1948)
Col. Dr. John R. Rockwood 1914–1933
Edwin M. Karunaratne 1933–1934
Chandrarajan Sivasaravanamuttu 1937–1948
Board of Control for Cricket in Ceylon (1948–1972)
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu 1948–1950
A.E. Christffelaz 1950–1952
Junius Richard Jayewardene 1952–1955
Lt. Col. Sabdharatnajyoti Saravanamuttu 1955–1956
Robert Senanayake 1956–1972
Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (1972–2000)
Sai Senanayakerajah 1972–1976
Maj. Gen. Bertram Heyn 1976–1978
Dr. N. M. Perera 1978–1980
T.B. Werapitiya 1980–1981
Gamini Dissanayake 1981–1989
Lakshman Jayakody 1989–1990
Manane Chandrarajah 1990–1991
Tyronne Fernando 1991–1994
Anandarajasingh Punchihewa 1995–1996
Upali Dharmadasa 1996–1998
Thilanga Sumathipala 1998–1999
Rienzie Wijetilleke 1999–2000
Sri Lanka Cricket (2000 – present)
Thilanga Sumathipala 2000–2001
Vijaya Malalasekera 2001–2002
Hemaka Amarasuriya 2002–2003
Thilanga Sumathipala 2003–2004
Mohan De Silva 2004–2005
Jayantha Dharmadasa 2005–2007
Arjuna Ranatunga 2008
S. Liyanagama 2008–2009
Somachandra de Silva 2009–2011
Upali Dharmadasa 2011–2012
Jayantha Dharmadasa 2013–2015
Sidath Wettimuny 2015–2016
Thilanga Sumathipala 2016 –

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket beats the odds to return a surplus". Capital Media (Pvt) Ltd. Economy Next Sri Lanka. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (3 January 2016). "Thilanga Sumathipala elected SLC president". ESPNCricinfo.com. ESPN. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  3. ^ See CricInfo re this club and its ground; see also Bowen
  4. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (12 August 2011). "Shelley Wickramasinghe dies at 85". ESPNCricinfo.com. ESPN. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 

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