Sri Lanka national cricket team

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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 (Interim)
Official ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking 6th (Test)
2nd (T20I) [1]
Test matches
– This year
Last Test match vs  England at Headingley, Leeds, England, 20–24 Jun 2014
– This year
69 / 81
{{{win/loss record this year}}}
As of 26 June 2014 [2]
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. The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga, among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket in the last two decades.

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.

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.[1] The team's first win came against Patiala at Dhruve Pandove Stadium in 1932–33.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] Sri Lanka whitewashed England 5–0 in the NatWest Series in 2006, which is England's heaviest home defeat in a bilateral ODI Series.[5] 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).
  • Sri Lanka is the second nation to reach two consecutive World Twenty20 Finals (2012 and 2014), after Pakistan (2007 and 2009).

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.[6] 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.[7]

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 15
2 Asgiriya Stadium (no longer used) Kandy 10,300 22 April 1982 21
3 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo 10,000 16 March 1984 34
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 7
6 Tyronne Fernando Stadium(no longer 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[edit]

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 (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 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[edit]

Current Tournaments[edit]

ICC Tournaments

Defunct Tournaments[edit]

ICC tournaments

Current squad[edit]

This lists all the players who are contracted with Sri Lanka Cricket till March 2014.[8]


  • 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 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast Nondescripts ODI, T20 99
Test, ODI and T20 Vice-Captain; Middle-Order Batsmen
Lahiru Thirimanne 24 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Ragama Test, ODI, T20 66
Opening Batsmen
Tillakaratne Dilshan1 37 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Tamil Union ODI, T20 23
Upul Tharanga 29 Left-handed Nondescripts ODI, T20 44
Dimuth Karunaratne 26 Left-handed Right-arm medium Sinhalese Test
Middle-Order Batsmen
Mahela Jayawardene 37 Right-handed Right-arm medium Sinhalese Test, ODI 27
Kumar Sangakkara 36 Left-handed Right-arm medium Nondescripts Test, ODI 11
Dinesh Chandimal 24 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Nondescripts Test,ODI, Twenty20 17
Prasanna Jayawardene 34 Right-handed Panadura Test 04
Kusal Perera 23 Left-handed Colts ODI, T20 08
Kaushal Silva 28 Right-handed Sinhalese Test
All rounders
Angelo Perera 24 Right-handed Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Nondescripts ODI, T20
Dilruwan Perera 31 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Colts Test, ODI, T20 15
Thisara Perera 25 Left-handed Right-arm fast–medium Colts ODI, Test, T20 01
Jeevan Mendis 31 Left-handed Right-arm Legbreak Tamil Union ODI, T20 09
Sachithra Senanayake 29 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Sinhalese ODI, T20 18
Pace Bowlers
Nuwan Kulasekara 31 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium Colts Test, ODI, T20 92
Suranga Lakmal 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast–medium 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 27 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 29 Right-handed Right-arm Off-Break Bloomfield Test, ODI, T20 88

Coaching staff[edit]