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Sri Lanka
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Test status granted 1982
First Test match v England at Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, 17–21st February 1982
Captain Kumar Sangakkara
Coach Trevor Bayliss
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking 4th (Test), 7th (ODI) [1]
Test matches
- This year
189
5
Last Test match v New Zealand at Colombo, 26–30 August 2009
Wins/losses
- This year
60/67
4/1
As of 19 January2008 [2]

The Sri Lankan cricket team is a national cricket team representing 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 playing nation. The Sri Lankan team transformed themselves from underdog status to a major cricketing nation during the 1990s. The team went on to win the 1996 Cricket World Cup, beating Australia in the finals, and becoming World Champions. Since then, the team has continued to be a major force in international cricket. Sri Lankan team currently holds several word records including world records for highest team totals in all three forms of the game, Test, ODI and, Twenty20. The Sri Lanka team reached the finals of the 2007 Cricket World Cup but lost to Australia in a rain-affected final match. The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva (retired), backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas(retired), among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket during the last 15 years. The team is administered by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka have won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (Co-champions with India), have been runners up in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and have been runners up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.

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History of Sri Lankan international cricket

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Early years

Ceylon, as the country was known before 1972, played its first first-class match under that name against MCC 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.

Test status and beyond

As of October 2007, the Sri Lankan team has played 170 Test matches, winning 29.41%, losing 37.05% and drawing 33.52% of its games.[3] Sri Lanka hold the current records for the highest total score in all three main formats of the game.

Sri Lankan cricket's greatest moment undoubtedly came during the aforementioned 1996 World Cup, when they defeated the top-ranked Australian team 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 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.

Sri Lankan cricket supporters were once again thrilled by the team's tremendous performance at the NatWest Series in 2006. Although as a whole the team missed its captain, Marvan Atapattu, and also Muttiah Muralitharan, nevertheless Sanath, together with Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando and Farveez Maharoof all contributed substantially.

Sri Lanka's performance during the 5–0 whitewash, England's heaviest home defeat in 13 years, was, some sloppy fielding in a couple of games aside, consistently excellent. Sanath Jayasuriya was both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series. They also made the highest score in One Day International Cricket of 443 against The Netherlands in the following series.

2009 shooting incident

On March 3, 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.[4] 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.[5]

Injured

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 competition Twenty20 Tournament. They also organize and host the Inter-Provincial Tournament, a competition where the above first-class do not take part but rather teams represent four different provinces of Sri Lanka.

International grounds

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Saravanamuttu
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SSC Grounds
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CCC Grounds
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Premadasa
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Tyronne Fernando
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Galle International
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Asgiriya
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Rangiri Dambulla
Locations of all stadiums which have hosted a Test match or an One Day International within Sri Lanka.

Test and ODI

Listed in order of date first used for Test match

ODI only

Tournament history

Current Tournaments

ICC Tournaments

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
England 1975 Round 1 7/8 3 0 3 0 0
England 1979 Round 1 5/8 3 1 1 0 1
England 1983 Round 1 7/8 6 1 5 0 0
IndiaPakistan 1987 Round 1 7/8 6 0 6 0 0
Australia New Zealand 1992 Round 1 8/9 8 2 5 0 1
Pakistan India Sri Lanka 1996 Champions 1/12 8 8 0 0 0
England Republic of Ireland Netherlands Scotland 1999 Round 1 9/12 5 2 3 0 0
Kenya South Africa Zimbabwe 2003 Third place 3/14 12 6 5 1 0
WI 2007 Second place 2/16 12 9 3 0 0
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh 2011 Qualified /14
Australia New Zealand 2015 Qualified
England 2019 Qualified
Total 12/12 1 title 63 29 31 1 2
Asia Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
United Arab Emirates 1984 Second place 2/3 2 1 1 0 0
Sri Lanka 1986 Champions 1/3 3 2 1 0 0
Bangladesh 1988 Second place 2/4 4 3 1 0 0
India 1990–91 Second place 2/3 3 2 1 0 0
Pakistan 1993 Not Held
United Arab Emirates 1995 Second place 2/4 4 2 2 0 0
Sri Lanka 1997 Champions 1/4 4 4 0 0 0
Bangladesh 2000 Second place 2/4 4 2 2 0 0
Sri Lanka 2004 Champions 1/6 6 4 2 0 0
Pakistan 2008 Champions 1/6 6 5 1 0 0
Total 9/9 4 titles 36 25 11 0 0
Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
Bangladesh 1998 Semi-finals 3 or 4/9 2 1 1 0 0
Kenya 2000 Quarter-finals 5–8/8 2 1 1 0 0
Sri Lanka 2002 Joint 1st 1/12 4 3 0 0 1
England 2004 Round 1 ?/12 2 1 1 0 0
India 2006 Round 1 8/10 6 4 2 0 0
South Africa 2009 Round 1 6/8 3 1 2 0 0
Total 6/6 1 title 19 11 7 0 1
World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Super 8s 6/12 5 3 2 0 0
England 2009 Second place 2/12 7 6 1 0 0
WI 2010 Qualified
Total 3/3 0 titles 12 9 3 0 0

Other

Asia Games record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
People's Republic of China 2010 Qualified
Total 1/1 0 titles 0 0 0 0 0

Defunct Tournaments

ICC Tournaments

World Cup Qualifier record
Year Round Position GP W L T AB
England 1979 Champions 1/12 6 4 1 0 1
England 1982 Not eligible
England 1986 Not eligible
Netherlands 1990 Not eligible
Kenya 1994 Not eligible
Malaysia 1997 Not eligible
Canada 2001 Not eligible
Republic of Ireland 2005 Not eligible
South Africa 2009 Not eligible
Total 1/9 1 title 6 4 1 0 1
Australasia Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
United Arab Emirates 1986 Semi Finals ?/5 1 0 1 0 0
United Arab Emirates 1989–90 Semi Finals ?/6 3 1 2 0 0
United Arab Emirates 1994 First Round ?/6 2 0 2 0 0
Total 3/3 0 titles 6 1 5 0 0
Asian Test Championship record
Year Round Position GP W L D NR
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh Pakistan 1998–99 Second place 2/3 3 0 1 2 0
Sri Lanka Bangladesh Pakistan 2001–02 Champions 1/3 2 2 0 0 0
Total 2/2 1 title 5 2 1 2 0

Other

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
Malaysia 1998 Third place 3/16 5 3 2 0 0
Total 1/1 0 Titles 5 3 2 0 0

Current squad

This lists all the players who have played for Sri Lanka in the past year, and the forms in which they have played.

Key

  • J/N: Jersey number
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic team Forms S/N
Captain and Middle-Order Batsman and Wicket-Keeper
Kumar Sangakkara 32 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Nondescripts Test, ODI, Twenty20 11
Opening Batsmen
Sanath Jayasuriya 40 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Bloomfield ODI, Twenty20 7
Tharanga Paranavitana 27 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Sinhalese Test
Upul Tharanga 25 Left-Handed Bat Nondescripts ODI 44
Lahiru Thirimanne 20 Left-Handed Bat Ragama ODI 66
Mahela Udawatte 23 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Chilaw Marians Twenty20 6
Malinda Warnapura 30 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Colts Test 10
Middle-Order Batsmen
Indika de Saram 36 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Ragama Twenty20 20
Mahela Jayawardene 32 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Sinhalese Test, ODI, Twenty20 27
Thilina Kandamby 27 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Sinhalese ODI, Twenty20 25
Chamara Kapugedera 23 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Colombo Test, ODI, Twenty20 16
Jehan Mubarak 29 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Colombo Twenty20 42
Thilan Samaraweera 33 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Sinhalese Test, ODI 03
Chamara Silva 30 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-spin Bloomfield ODI, Twenty20 5
Wicket-keepers
Prasanna Jayawardene 30 Right-Handed Bat Bloomfield Test 4
All rounders
Tillakaratne Dilshan 33 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Bloomfield Test, ODI, Twenty20 23
Chinthaka Jayasinghe 31 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium Bloomfield Twenty20 19
Angelo Mathews 22 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Colts Test, ODI, Twenty20 69
Thissara Perera 20 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Colts ODI 01
Muthumudalige Pushpakumara 28 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Tamil Union ODI, Twenty20 21
Gihan Rupasinghe 24 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Tamil Union Twenty20
Kaushalya Weeraratne 29 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Ragama Twenty20 34
Pace Bowlers
Dilhara Fernando 30 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Sinhalese Test, ODI, Twenty20 26
Nuwan Kulasekara 27 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Colts Test, ODI, Twenty20 92
Suranga Lakmal 23 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Tamil Union ODI 82
Farveez Maharoof 25 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Nondescripts ODI 28
Lasith Malinga 26 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast Nondescripts ODI, Twenty20 99
Dammika Prasad 26 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Sinhalese Test, ODI 30
Thilan Thushara 29 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast-Medium Sinhalese Test, ODI, Twenty20 97
Isuru Udana 22 Right-Handed Bat Left-Arm Medium-Fast Tamil Union Twenty20 61
Chaminda Vaas 36 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast-Medium Colts Test 22
Chanaka Welegedara 28 Right-Handed Bat Left-Arm Fast-Medium Moors Test, ODI 12
Spin Bowlers
Malinga Bandara 30 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Nondescripts ODI, Twenty20 72
Rangana Herath 32 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Moors Test 14
Ajantha Mendis 25 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break
Right-Arm Leg-Break
Sri Lanka Army Test, ODI, Twenty20 40
Muttiah Muralitharan 37 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Tamil Union Test, ODI, Twenty20 8
Suraj Randiv 25 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Bloomfield ODI, Twenty20 88

Statistics and records

Milestones

  • Sri Lanka is the only ICC Trophy winning team to have gone on to win the World Cup at a later date.[citation needed]
  • Sri Lanka is the only team to have participated in every edition of the Asia Cup.[citation needed]
  • Sri Lanka is the only host team to win a World Cup.

Sri Lanka record in Test Matches

Table correct 6 December 2009

Won Tied Lost Drawn Total
Sri Lanka v Australia home 1 0 5 4 10
away 0 0 8 2 10
total 1 0 13 6 20
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh home 8 0 0 0 8
away 4 0 0 0 4
total 12 0 0 0 12
Sri Lanka v England home 4 0 3 4 11
away 2 0 5 3 10
total 6 0 8 7 21
Sri Lanka v India home 5 0 3 7 15
away 0 0 10 7 17
total 5 0 11 13 29
Sri Lanka v New Zealand home 5 0 3 5 13
away 2 0 6 5 13
total 7 0 9 10 26
Sri Lanka v Pakistan home 3 0 6 6 15
away 6 0 9 7 22
total 9 0 15 13 37
Sri Lanka v South Africa home 4 0 2 4 10
away 0 0 6 1 7
total 4 0 8 5 17
Sri Lanka v West Indies home 5 0 0 1 6
away 1 0 3 2 6
total 6 0 3 3 12
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe home 7 0 0 0 7
away 3 0 0 5 8
total 10 0 0 5 15
Home 42 0 22 31 95
Away 18 0 45 31 94
Overall 60 0 69 63 192
% Breakdown

National Records by Sri Lanka

Records are bold if it is a World Record.

Batting records

Test Matches

ODI Matches

Twenty20 Matches

  • Highest team total – 260/6 against Kenya on 14 September 2007.
  • Highest winning margin – 172 runs against Kenya in 14 September 2007.

Bowling records

Test Matches

ODI Matches

World Cup Records by Sri Lanka

- 183 for the third wicket by Asanka Gurusinha (84) and Aravinda de Silva (145) against Kenya in 1996.

Other Records

  • The world's Highest total in a Test match: 952-6 vs India
  • The world's Highest score in a ODI match: 443-9 vs The Netherlands on the 4th of July 2006
  • The world's Highest score in a 20-20 match: 260-6 vs Kenya on the 14th of September 2007.
  • The world's Fastest ODI half-century was scored by Sanath Jayasuriya (17 balls).

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ceylon v Marylebone Cricket Club in 1926/27". CricketArchive. http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/12/12189.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Patiala v Ceylon in 1932/33". CricketArchive. http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/14/14516.html. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  3. ^ Cricinfo Test Team Records page retrieved on 3 November 2007
  4. ^ "Profiles of injured Sri Lanka party members". BBC Sport website. 3 March 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/7920748.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Police dead, players hurt in Sri Lankan cricket ambush". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25133438-5001021,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 

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