Sri Lanka national cricket team

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Sri Lanka
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Nickname(s)The Lions
Association Sri Lanka Cricket
Personnel
Test captain Dimuth Karunarathne
One Day captain Dasun Shanaka
T20I captain Dasun Shanaka
Coach Mickey Arthur
History
Test status acquired1981
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member (1965)
Full Member (1981)
ICC region Asia
ICC RankingsCurrent [1] Best-ever
Test 8th 2nd (2009)
ODI 9th 2nd (2004)
T20I 9th 1st (2012)
Tests
First Testv Flag of England.svg  England at P. Sara Oval, Colombo; 17–21 February 1982
Last Testv Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele; 29 April – 3 May 2021
TestsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [2] 297 93/113
(91 draws)
This year [3] 7 1/3
(3 draws)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–2021 )
Best result7th place (2019–2021)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester; 7 June 1975
Last ODIv Flag of India.svg  India at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo; 23 July 2021
ODIsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [4] 864 391/430
(5 ties, 38 no results)
This year [5] 12 2/9
(0 ties, 1 no result)
World Cup appearances12 (first in 1975 )
Best resultChampions (1996)
World Cup Qualifier appearances1 (first in 1979 )
Best resultChampions (1979)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv Flag of England.svg  England at Rose Bowl, Southampton; 15 June 2006
Last T20Iv Flag of England.svg  England at Rose Bowl, Southampton; 26 June 2021
T20IsPlayedWon/Lost
Total [6] 134 60/70
(2 ties, 2 no results)
This year [7] 6 1/5
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances6 (first in 2007 )
Best resultChampions (2014)
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Test kit

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ODI and T20I kit

As of 23 July 2021

The Sri Lanka National Men's Cricket Team, (Sinhala : ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම, Tamil:இலங்கை தேசிய கிரிக்கெட் அணி) nicknamed The Lions, [8] represents Sri Lanka in men's international cricket. It is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) status. [9] The team first played international cricket (as Ceylon) 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.

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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, under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga. 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. They ended up being runners-up on both occasions. [10]

Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), and the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014. They have been consecutive runners up in the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups, and have been runners up in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2012. The Sri Lankan cricket team currently holds several world records, including the world record for the highest team total in Test cricket.

History

Underdog era

Cricket was introduced to the island by the British as a result of the colonization and the first recorded match dates back to 1832 as reported in The Colombo Journal . [11] By the 1880s a national team, the Ceylon national cricket team, was formed which began playing first-class cricket by the 1920s. The Ceylon national cricket team achieved Associate Member status of the International Cricket Council in 1965. Renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, the national team first competed in top-level international cricket in 1975, when they were defeated by nine wickets by the West Indies during the 1975 Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford, England. [12]

Sri Lanka was awarded Test cricket status in 1981 by the International Cricket Conference. They played their first Test match against England at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, on 17 February 1982. Bandula Warnapura was the captain for Sri Lanka in that match, which England won by 7 wickets. [13] After Sri Lanka was awarded Test status on 21 July 1981 as eighth Test playing nation, they had to wait until 6 September 1985, where Sri Lanka recorded their first Test win by beating India, in the second match of the series by 149 runs at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo. [14] [15] They have also won the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship, defeating Pakistan in the final by an innings and 175 runs. [16]

Sri Lanka won their first Test match under the leadership of Duleep Mendis on 11 September 1985 against India, winning by 149 runs at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium. [17] Eventually they won the three-match Test series, 1–0. [18] Sri Lanka had to wait more than seven years for their next series victory, which came against New Zealand in December 1992, when they won the two-match series 1–0. [19] This was immediately followed by a one-wicket victory against England in a one-Test series. [20]

Two years later, on 15 March 1995, Sri Lanka won their first overseas Test match under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga against New Zealand, when they beat them by 241 runs at Napier. [21] This win also resulted in their first overseas Test series victory, 1–0. [22] Their next series too was an overseas series, against Pakistan, and that one too resulted in Sri Lankan victory. [23]

Sri Lanka registered their first ODI win against India at Old Trafford, England on 16 June 1979. [24]

Modern era

After many years with underdog status, Sri Lanka finally entered limelight in cricketing world after winning the 1996 Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga. [25] Meanwhile, they revolutionized modern day batting strategies by rapid scoring during the first 15 overs. Sri Lanka later became the co-champions in 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and also became five times Asian champions in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014.

On 11 September 1999, under the leadership of Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka won their first Test match against Australia, when they beat them by six wickets at Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy. [26] Eventually they won the three-match Test series, 1–0.

On 14 June 2000, Sri Lanka played their 100th Test match. It was against Pakistan, at SSC, Colombo, under the leadership of Sanath Jayasuriya. Pakistan won by 5 wickets. [27]

On 4 August 2016, they played their 250th Test match when they played Australia in Galle. [28] They won the match by 229 runs, [29] and also won the Warne-Muralidharan trophy for the first time since its inception. On 17 August 2016, under the leadership of Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia 3-0 for the first time in Test cricket. [30]

Until 2017, Sri Lanka had whitewashed Zimbabwe three times, Bangladesh once and Australia once in Test cricket.[ citation needed ]

Sri Lanka played their first day-night Test match on 6 October 2017 against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. [31] [32] [33] Under the captaincy of Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka convincingly won the match by 68 runs and sweep the series 2–0. In the match, Dimuth Karunaratne became the first Sri Lankan to score a fifty, a century and a 150 in a day-night Test. Lahiru Gamage, who debut in the match became the first Sri Lankan to take a wicket in a day-night Test, whereas Dilruwan Perera became the first Sri Lankan to take five-wicket haul in a day-night Test. [34]

Sri Lanka played their first Twenty20 International (T20I) match at the Rose Bowl, on 15 June 2006, against England, winning the match by 2 runs. [35] In 2014, they won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, defeating India by 6 wickets. [36]

As of July 2018, Sri Lanka have faced nine teams in Test cricket, only recent Test nations Afghanistan and Ireland are missing from their list of opponents, with their most frequent opponent being Pakistan, playing 51 matches against them. [37] Sri Lanka has registered more wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh than any other team, with 14. [37] In ODI matches, Sri Lanka has played against 17 teams; they have played against India most frequently, with a winning percentage of 39.49 in 149 matches. [38] Within usual major ODI nations, Sri Lanka have defeated England on 34 occasions, which is their best record in ODIs. [38] The team have competed against 13 countries in T20Is, and have played 15 matches against New Zealand. Sri Lanka have defeated Australia and West Indies 6 occasions each. [39] Sri Lanka was the best T20I team in the world, where they ranked number one in more than 32 months, and reached World Twenty20 final in three times.

As of 10 July 2018, Sri Lanka have played 272 Test matches; they have won 86 matches, lost 101 matches, and 85 matches were drawn. [40] As of 10 July 2018, Sri Lanka have played 816 ODI matches, winning 376 matches and losing 399; they also tied 5 matches, whilst 36 had no result. [41] As of 10 July 2018, Sri Lanka have played 108 T20I matches and won 54 of them; 52 were lost and 1 tied and 1 no result match as well. [42]

From 8 July 2017 to 23 October 2017, Sri Lanka lost twelve consecutive ODI matches, which is their second longest losing run in ODIs. [43] [44] In the meantime, Sri Lanka involved 5-0 whitewash in three times against South Africa, India and Pakistan in 2017. And a 3-0 whitewash against the West Indies 3 years later (2020).

Governing body

Sri Lanka Cricket (formerly the Board for Cricket Control or BCCSL), is the governing body for cricket in Sri Lanka. It operates the Sri Lankan cricket team and first-class cricket within Sri Lanka. [45] 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 organises and hosts the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition where five teams take part and represent four different provinces of Sri Lanka.

Most of the regions of Sri Lanka that are rural areas apart from the Capital could not produce the successful cricketers to the national and international side yet due to the lack of resources and opportunities while only a few major areas such as Galle, Matara, Kandy, Kurunegala usually produce successful cricketers to the national and international side instead of the capital. So the government is trying to distribute the game within the whole country organizing some programs such as 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.

International grounds

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Saravanamuttu
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SSC
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CCC
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R. Premadasa
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Tyronne Fernando
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Galle
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Asgiriya
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Rangiri Dambulla
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Muttiah Muralitharan
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Mahinda Rajapaksa
Locations of all international grounds in Sri Lanka
StadiumCityCapacityFirst usedLast usedTestsODIsT20Is
Active stadiums
P. Sara Oval Colombo 15,0001982201922 [46] 12 [47] 2 [48]
SSC ground Colombo 10,0001984202045 [49] 65 [50] 2 [51]
R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo 40,000198620199 [52] 132 [53] 33 [54]
Galle International Stadium Galle 35,0001998202136 [55] 9 [56] 0
Pallekele Cricket Stadium Pallekele, Kandy 35,000201020219 [57] 26 [58] 21 [59]
Rangiri Dambulla Stadium Dambulla 30,00020012018055 [60] 0
Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium Sooriyawewa, Hambantota 34,30020112020021 [61] 7 [62]
Former stadiums
Asgiriya Stadium Kandy 10,0001983200721 [63] 6 [64] 0
CCC ground Colombo 6,000198319873 [65] 00
De Soysa Stadium Moratuwa 16,000198419934 [66] 6 [67] 0

Team colours

In Test matches, the team wears cricket whites, with an optional sweater or sweater-vest with a dark blue and blue V-neck for use in cold weather, such as Australia, England, and New Zealand tours. The Sri Lankan flag is found on the left side of the jersey's chest with the Test cap number usually below the flag; helmets are a deep blue and the fielder's hat (usually a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed sunhat) is colored similar. The sponsor's logo is displayed on the right side of the chest and the sleeve with the Sri Lankan Cricket logo deployed on the left in test cricket.

Sri Lanka's One Day and Twenty 20 kits vary from year to year with the team wearing its bright blue color in various shades from kit to kit with yellow stripes on shoulders and waist. Historically, Sri Lanka's kits have had shades of bright blue and golden yellow. In the World Series Cup in 1984–85, Sri Lanka wore yellow uniforms with blue stripes.

For official ICC tournaments such as ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20 and Asia Cup, "SRI LANKA" is written on the front of the jersey in place of the sponsor logo, with the sponsor logo being placed on the sleeve. A remarkable change in the color of the kit of Sri Lanka can be found during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 edition in South Africa. The team-colored with pale silver and the kit has never seen since then in the team. Since then, the Sri Lankan kit has never changed from the usual brilliant blue color and very fine yellow stripes. For 2016 ICC World Twenty20, orange and green colors in the flag are also included in the jersey. In 2017 ICC Champions Trophy pool game against India, the kit changed to the mostly yellow colored shirt with stripes of blue and usual blue trousers.

In 2019 for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Sri Lankan jersey was made by recycled plastic sea waste from the Sri Lankan coast. On the side of the blue background, there is a drawing of a turtle on the shirt. [68] However, for non-ICC tournaments and bilateral and tri-nation matches, the sponsor logo features prominently on the front of the shirt.

Sri Lanka's cricket team's logo is a golden lion with a sword-bearing on the right arm and the background in bright blue in color. The name "Sri Lanka Cricket" is written below the lion. In Test cricket, the logo in the cap is slightly changed, where the lion with a sword is surrounded by petals of lotus and then a blue circle surrounds the crest and a yellow circle surrounding the blue circle.

Sponsorship

Current Sponsors & Partners
Team Sponsor Dialog
Kit Sponsor MAS Holdings
Overseas Team Sponsor Daraz [69]
Cricket Helmet PartnerMasuri Group
Beverages PartnerMy Cola Beverages
Energy Drink Partner Red Bull
Casual Clothing SponsorLiCC Jeans
Formal Clothing PartnerNamal Balachandra Private Limited
Official Broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks
PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1995–2000 MAS Singer
2000–2003AJ Sports
2004–2008MAS Dilmah
2009–2010 Reebok Dialog
2010–2012 Mobitel
2013–2016MASDialog
2017–2018 Huawei
2019 –Dialog

The period between 2000 and 2010 saw the sponsorship pass between Ceylon tea, Reebok, Mobitel Sri Lanka and Dialog Axiata; Dilmah has remained a sponsor since the early 2000s, replacing Singer, which was the main sponsor in the 1990s. Former manufacturers were Reebok, AJ Sports, Asics, ISC, and Adidas.

Currently, the main sponsors for Sri Lanka cricket are Dialog Axiata, Jat Holdings and MAS Holdings.

Tournament history

Key
Champions
Runners-up
Semi-finals
Quarter-finals

  Indicates tournaments hosted or co-hosted by Sri Lanka.

ICC World Test Championship

ICC World Test Championship record
YearLeague stageFinalFinal Position
PosSeriesMatchesPCPCTRpW RatioPts
PWLDPWLDT
2019-21 7/9613212264072028.8%0.729200DNQ7th
Last updated: 23 June 2021 [70]

Cricket World Cup

World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Flag of England.svg 1975 Round 17/830300
Flag of England.svg 1979 5/831101
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1983 7/861500
Flag of India.svg Flag of Pakistan.svg 1987 7/860600
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1992 8/982501
Flag of India.svg Flag of Pakistan.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 1996 Champions1/888000
Flag of England.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Group stage10/1252300
Flag of South Africa.svg Flag of Kenya.svg Flag of Zimbabwe.svg 2003 Semi-finals4/14105401
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg 2007 Runners-up2/16118300
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Flag of India.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 2011 Runners-up2/1496201
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2015 Quarter-finals7/1473301
Flag of England.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 2019 Group stage6/1093402
Flag of India.svg 2023 Yet to qualify
TotalChampion (1996)12/1263293112

ICC T20 World Cup

World Twenty20 record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Flag of South Africa.svg 2007 Super 8s6/1253200
Flag of England.svg 2009 Runners-up2/1276100
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg 2010 Semi-finals3/1263300
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg 2012 Runners-up2/1275200
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 2014 Champions1/1665100
Flag of India.svg 2016 Group Stage8/1641300
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of Oman.svg 2021 Qualified
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2022 Yet to qualify
TotalChampion (2014)1 title3122900

Asia Cup

Asia Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
United Arab Emirates 1984 Second place2/321100
Sri Lanka 1986 Champions1/332100
Bangladesh 1988 Runners-up2/443100
India 1990–91 Runners-up2/332100
Pakistan 1993 Not Held
United Arab Emirates 1995 Runners-up2/442200
Sri Lanka 1997 Champions1/444000
Bangladesh 2000 Runners-up2/442200
Sri Lanka 2004 Champions1/664200
Pakistan 2008 Champions1/665100
Sri Lanka 2010 Runners-up2/443100
Bangladesh 2012 Round 14/430300
Bangladesh 2014 Champions1/555000
Total12/125 titles48331500

Other tournaments

Champions Trophy record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
Bangladesh 1998 Semi-finals3 or 4/921100
Kenya 2000 Quarter-finals5–8/821100
Sri Lanka 2002 Joint Champions1/1243001
England 2004 Round 18/1221100
India 2006 Round 18/1064200
South Africa 2009 Round 16/831200
England 2013 Semi-finals3 or 4/842200
England 2017 Round 18/1031200
Total7/71 title26141101

Defunct tournaments

Asian Test Championship record
YearRoundPositionGPWLDNR
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh Pakistan 1998–99 Second place2/330120
Sri Lanka Bangladesh Pakistan 2001–02 Champions1/322000
Total2/21 title52120

Honours

Current squad

The squad comprises players who have represented Sri Lanka since 1 January 2021. [71]

Keys
SymbolMeaning
C/GContract grade with SLC
S/NShirt number of the player in all formats
FormatDenotes the player recently played in which particular format, not his entire career
NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleDomestic teamFormatC/GS/N
Test Captain and Opening batsman
Dimuth Karunaratne 33Left-handedRight-arm medium SSC TestA16
ODI and T20I Captain and All Rounder
Dasun Shanaka 29Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast SSC Test,ODI, T20IB7
ODI and T20I Vice Captain and All Rounder
Dhananjaya de Silva 29Right-handedRight-arm Off-break Tamil Union Test, ODI, T20IA75
Opening batsmen
Lahiru Thirimanne 31Left-handedRight-arm medium Ragama TestB66
Danushka Gunathilaka 30Left-handedRight-arm off break SSC ODI, T20ID70
Avishka Fernando 23Right-handedRight-arm medium Colts ODI, T20I28
Middle-order batsmen
Oshada Fernando 29Right-handedRight-arm leg break Chilaw Marians TestD80
Pathum Nissanka 23Right-handedN/A NCC Test, ODI, T20IB18
Ashen Bandara 22Left-handedN/A Galle ODI, T20ID10
Wicket-keepers
Kusal Perera 30Left-handedRight-arm medium Colts Test, ODI, T20IA55
Niroshan Dickwella 28Left-handedLeft-arm medium NCC Test, ODI, T20IA48
Dinesh Chandimal 31Right-handedRight-arm off-break Army Test, ODI, T20IC36
Minod Bhanuka 26Left-handedN/A CCC Test15
All-rounders
Angelo Mathews 34Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Colts Test, ODI, T20IA69
Dasun Shanaka 29Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast SSC Test, ODI, T20IB7
Dhananjaya de Silva 29Right-handedRight-arm off-break Tamil Union Test, ODI ,T20IA75
Dilruwan Perera 39Left-handedRight-arm off-break Colts TestB47
Wanidu Hasaranga 23Right-handedRight-arm leg-break CCC Test, ODI, T20IB49
Ramesh Mendis 26Right-handedRight-arm off break Moors Test, ODID25
Kamindu Mendis 22Left-handedRight-arm ambidextrous CCC ODI, T20I84
Charith Asalanka 24Left-handedRight-arm off break SSC ODI72
Dhananjaya Lakshan 22Left-handedRight-arm medium-fast Colts ODI77
Fast bowlers
Isuru Udana 33Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium Chilaw Marians ODI, T20IC17
Nuwan Pradeep 34Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium SSC ODI63
Vishwa Fernando 29Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium CCC Test, ODI, T20IC68
Suranga Lakmal 34Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Tamil Union TestB82
Lahiru Kumara 24Right-handedRight-arm fast NCC TestD8
Kasun Rajitha 28Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Badureliya Test, ODI, T20IC65
Asitha Fernando 23Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Chilaw Marians Test, ODI78
Dushmantha Chameera 29Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium NCC Test, ODI, T20IC5
Binura Fernando 26Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium SSC ODI71
Chamika Karunaratne 25Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium NCC Test, ODI29
Spin bowlers
Lakshan Sandakan 30Left-handed Slow left-arm wrist-spin CCC Test, ODI, T20IC85
Lasith Embuldeniya 24Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox NCC TestB96
Praveen Jayawickrama 22Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Moors Test, ODI12
Akila Dananjaya 27Left-handedRight-arm off break N/AODI, T20ID4

The SLCB awards central contracts to its players, its pay graded according to the importance of the player. Players' salaries are as follows:

Coaching staff

PositionName
Team Manager Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Manuja Kariyapperuma
Director of Cricket Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Moody
Head coach Flag of South Africa.svg Mickey Arthur
Batting coach Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Grant Flower
Spin Bowling coach Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Piyal Wijetunge
Fast Bowling coach Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Chaminda Vaas
Fielding coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane McDermott
Physiotherapist Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brett Harrop
Trainer Flag of South Africa.svg Grant Luden
Analyst Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Shirantha Niroshana

Selection Panel

Records and statistics

International match summary

FormatMatchesWonLostTiedDrawnNo result%WonInaugural match
Test [72] 2979311309131.3117 February 1982
ODI [73] 85839042653747.807 June 1975
T20I [74] 13460702246.2115 June 2006

Test matches

Test team records

Test individual records

Test batting records

Test bowling records

Test fielding records

Test record versus other nations

Opponent1st Test Matches Won Lost Draw Tied % Won
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 22 April 1983 [83] 314198012.90
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 6 September 2001 [84] 221714077.27
Flag of England.svg  England 17 February 1982 [85] 3681711022.22
Flag of India.svg  India 17 September 1982 [86] 4472017015.30
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4 March 1983 [87] 3691611025.00
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 5 March 1982 [88] 55162019029.09
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 25 August 1993 [89] 319166029.03
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 8 December 1993 [90] 22949040.90
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 11 October 1994 [91] 201406070.00
Total2979311391031.31
Statistics are correct as of Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka v Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, 2nd Test, 21 April-3 May 2021. [92]

One Day Internationals

ODI team records

ODI individual records

ODI batting records

ODI bowling records

ODI fielding records

ODI record versus other nations

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result % Won FirstLast
Full Members
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 4310075.0020142019
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 9732610434.4019752019
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 514090281.6319862021
Flag of England.svg  England 7836381348.6619822021
Flag of India.svg  India 161569311137.6619792021
Cricket Ireland flag.svg  Ireland 44000100.0020072016
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 9941491845.6019792019
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 15558921438.7419752019
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 7731441141.4419922019
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 6329310348.3319752021
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 574411028019922018
Associate Members
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 1100010020072007
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2200010020032011
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 6510083.3319962011
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3300010020022006
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3300010020112019
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2200010020042008
Total86139042953845.2919752021
Statistics are correct as of Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka v Flag of India.svg  India at R. Premadasa Stadium, 2nd ODI, July 20, 2021. [113]

T20 Internationals

T20I team records

T20I individual records

T20I batting records

T20I bowling records

T20I fielding records

T20I record versus other nations

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result % Won
Full Members
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 11000100.00
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 16880050.00
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 11740063.64
Flag of England.svg  England 12480033.33
Flag of India.svg  India 195130127.78
Cricket Ireland flag.svg  Ireland 11000100.00
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 197101141.67
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 218130038.10
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 13571042.31
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 14770050.00
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 33000100.00
Associate Members
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 11000100
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 11000100
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11000100
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 11000100
Total13460702246.21
Statistics are correct as of Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka v Flag of England.svg  England at Rose Bowl, 3rd T20I, 26 June. 2021. [134]

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R. Premadasa Stadium Cricket stadium in Sri Lanka

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The 2008–09 international cricket season was between September 2008 and March 2009. The season saw the security concerns for cricket in Pakistan reach a pinnacle. The ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September 2008, was postponed to 2009 after five of the participating nations refused to send their teams for the event. In November 2008, a Pakistani militant group launched terror attacks in Mumbai. This led to India cancelling their tour of Pakistan originally scheduled for January and February 2009. Sri Lanka agreed to tour Pakistan in place of India but the tour was jeopardised by a terror attack in Lahore where gunmen fired at a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team, injuring six members of the team. The Champions Trophy was later relocated to South Africa and no international cricket were played in Pakistan for more than five years. This period of isolation ended when Zimbabwe toured Pakistan in May 2015. After successfully hosting few T20Is against World-XI, Sri Lanka cricket team and the West Indians from 2017 to 2018, few matches of Pakistan Super League from 2017 to 2019, whole season in 2020 as well as hosting complete tours against Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cricket teams respectively during the 2019–20 season, built good reputation of Pakistan. Hence, by the end of 2019, the Pakistan Cricket Board, announced that they would no longer play any of their future home matches at a neutral venue, indicating that International Cricket has returned to the country on full-time basis.

2014 Asia Cup

The 2014 Asia Cup was the twelfth edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament. The tournament was held in Bangladesh from 25 February to 8 March 2014. Pakistan were the defending champions, having won the previous tournament. The tournament included the four Asian test-playing nations, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; and ICC Asian Associate member Afghanistan. This was the first 50-over tournament in which Afghanistan took part. Ten league matches were played along with the final. The title sponsors of the tournament were Arise India and it was powered by Cycle Agarbathis. Sri Lanka Beat Pakistan in the final to become Asia Cup champions for the fifth time.

The Pakistan cricket team toured Sri Lanka from 11 June to 1 August 2015. The tour consisted of a three-day tour match against a SLCB President's XI, three Test matches, five One Day International and two Twenty20 International matches. The third Test was originally scheduled to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium, but was changed to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in early May.

The History of the Sri Lanka national cricket team began with the formation of the Colombo Cricket Club in 1832. By the 1880s a national team, the Ceylon national cricket team, was formed which began playing first-class cricket by the 1920s. The Ceylon national cricket team had achieved associate member status of the International Cricket Council in 1965. Renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, the national team first competed in top level international cricket in 1975, when they played against West Indies during 1975 Cricket World Cup; West Indies won the match by 9 wickets at the Old Trafford, Manchester, England.

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