Colombo Cricket Club

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Colombo Cricket Club
Colombo Cricket Club logo1.png
Personnel
Captain Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Ashan Priyanjan
Coach Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Tharanga Dhammika
Team information
ColoursMaroon   [1]
Founded1863;158 years ago (1863)
Home ground Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo 7
Capacity6,000
History
Premier Trophy  wins6
Premier Limited Overs Tournament  winsnone
Twenty20 Tournament  winsnone
Official website gymkhanaclub.lk

The Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) is a first-class cricket club in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest in the country, having been formed in 1863, [2] and is headquartered at 31 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, [3] close to the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket.

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History

The idea of a gentlemen's team for British colonists in Ceylon was first mooted among the patrons of the Colombo Club- a social club for the British upper class then located at the Galle Face Green (not to be confused with the 1871 club of the same name and location). [4] The beginnings of the club proper can then be traced back to a notice in the Colombo Journal of 5 September 1832, which called for "...gentlemen who may be inclined towards forming a Cricket Club..." to "...meet at the Library (located in the Pettah) at 2 o'clock precisely on the 8th instant". [5] Sources then differ as to the exact date of the formation of the Club, some citing 8 September, [5] October, [6] or November [7] of the same year, with all sources agreeing that a cricket club was formed sometime in 1832. [8] The newly formed club was located in Slave Island, on the land that later became the Rifle Green (now the site of the Defence Services School). [8] The first officially recorded game of cricket in the country was that between the eventual CCC and a team fielded by the 97th Regiment of the British Army stationed in Ceylon at the time, in November 1832. [8] [9] [10] The club soon became a hub for cricketing activity in the country, becoming the de facto governing body for cricket in Ceylon. [11]

The Colombo Club went through an expansion phase in 1863, becoming the Colombo Gymkhana Club, a parent/umbrella organisation that acted as a social club while at the same time administering a number of different sports clubs- the CCC included (alongside the CH&FC for rugby and hockey in 1892 and the Queen's Club for tennis and squash in 1899). [4] [8] The CCC is thought to have been formally named with its current name sometime in 1863, and moved to Galle Face Green sometime during this period as well. [4]

In 1894, the club moved again, this time to its present address at Maitland Crescent. [8] It remained a Europeans-only club until 1962, [12] and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. [4] [8]

Honours

Current squad

These players featured in matches for Colombo CC in 2019/20 [13]

Players with international caps are listed in bold

NoNameNatAgeBatting StyleBowling Style
Batsmen
8 Manelker De Silva Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 22Left-handedRight-arm medium-fast
Pawantha Weerasinghe Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 20Left-handedRight-arm off-break
50 Ron Chandraguptha Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 26Left-handed Slow left-arm wrist-spin
All-rounders
3 Ashan Priyanjan (Captain) Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 31Right-handedRight-arm off-break
Pawan Rathnayake Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 18Right-handedRight-arm leg-break
11 Shalika Karunanayake Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 34Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
49 Wanindu Hasaranga Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 23Right-handedRight-arm leg-break
Wicket-keepers
15 Minod Bhanuka Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 25Left-handed
2 Kusal Mendis Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 26Right-handed
18 Lasith Abeyratne Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 27Right-handed
6 Malindu Maduranga Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 23Right-handed
Bowlers
45 Lahiru Madushanka Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 28Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
68 Vishwa Fernando Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 29Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
3 Malinda Pushpakumara Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 33Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
85 Lakshan Sandakan Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 29Right-handed Slow left-arm wrist-spin
91 Lahiru Gamage Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 32Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
12 Usman Ishak Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 26Left-handedRight-arm medium-fast
4 Nuwan Thushara Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 26Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
Yuran Maduranga Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 22Right-handedRight-arm off-break

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