Sri Lanka national cricket team

The Sri Lanka national cricket team, (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම) nicknamed The Lions, represents Sri Lanka in international cricket. It is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) status.[8] The team first played international cricket (as Ceylon) in 1926–27, and were later awarded Test status in 1982, 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. They ended up being runners up on both occasions.[9]

The batting of Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Marvan Atapattu and Tillakaratne Dilshan backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara 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), and have won 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.

Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka cricket crest
Nickname(s)The Lions
AssociationSri Lanka Cricket
Personnel
Test captainDimuth Karunaratne
One-day captainLasith Malinga
T20I captainLasith Malinga
CoachChandika Hathurusinghe
History
Test status acquired1982
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (1965)
Full member (1981)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
Test 6th 2nd
ODI 8th 2nd
T20I 9th 1st
Tests
First Testv  England at P. Sara Oval, Colombo; 17–21 February 1982
Last Testv  South Africa at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth; 21–23 February 2019
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 283 90/107
(86 draws)
This year [3] 4 2/2 (0 draws)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv  West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester; 7 June 1975
Last ODIv  South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town; 16 March 2019
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [4] 836 379/415
(5 ties, 37 no result)
This year [5] 8 0/8
(0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup appearances11 (first in 1975)
Best resultChampions (1996)
World Cup Qualifier appearances1 (first in 1979)
Best resultChampions (1979)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  England at the Rose Bowl, Southampton; 15 June 2006
Last T20Iv  South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg; 24 March 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [6] 114 55/56
(2 tie, 1 no result)
This year [7] 4 0/3
(1 tie, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances6 (first in 2007)
Best resultChampions (2014)

Test kit

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ODI and T20I kit

As of 24 March 2019

History

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 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.[10]

After Sri Lanka awarded Test status in 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.[11][12] They have also won the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship, defeating Pakistan in the final by an innings and 175 runs.[13]

Sri Lanka registered their first ODI win against India at Manchester, England, in 16 June 1979.[14] They also won the 1996 Cricket World Cup,[15] co-champions in 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and also became five times Asian champions in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014.

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.[16] In 2014, they won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, defeating India by 6 wickets.[17]

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.[18] Sri Lanka have registered more wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh than any other team, with 14.[18] In ODI matches, Sri Lanka have played against 17 teams; they have played against India most frequently, with a winning percentage of 39.49 in 149 matches.[19] Within usual major ODI nations, Sri Lanka have defeated England on 34 occasions, which is their best record in ODIs.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

From 8 July 2017 to 23 October 2017, Sri Lanka lost twelve consecutive ODI matches, which is their second longest losing run in ODIs.[24][25] In the meantime, Sri Lanka involved 5-0 whitewash in three times against South Africa, India and Pakistan in 2017.

Test cricket

Sri Lanka were 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.[26]

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.[27] Eventually they won the three-match Test series, 1-0.[28] 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.[29] This was immediately followed by a one-wicket victory against England in a one-Test series.[30]

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.[31] This win also resulted in their first overseas Test series victory, 1-0.[32] Their next series too was an overseas series, against Pakistan, and that one too resulted in Sri Lankan victory.[33]

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.[34] 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.[35]

On 4 August 2016, they played their 250th Test match when they played Australia in Galle.[36] They won the match by 229 runs,[37] 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.[38]

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

Sri Lanka played their first day-night Test match on 6 October 2017 against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.[39][40][41] 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.[42]

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. 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

Sri Lanka national cricket team is located in Sri Lanka
Saravanamuttu
Saravanamuttu
SSC
SSC
CCC
CCC
R. Premadasa
R. Premadasa
Tyronne Fernando
Tyronne Fernando
Galle
Galle
Asgiriya
Asgiriya
Rangiri Dambulla
Rangiri Dambulla
Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Locations of all international grounds in Sri Lanka
Stadium City Capacity First used Last used Tests ODIs T20Is
Active Stadiums
P. Sara Oval Colombo 15,000 1982 2017 21 [43] 12 [44] 2 [45]
SSC ground Colombo 10,000 1984 2018 45 [46] 65 [47] 2 [48]
R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo 40,000 1986 2018 9 [49] 126 [50] 33 [51]
Galle International Stadium Galle 35,000 1998 2018 32 [52] 9 [53] 0
Pallekele Cricket Stadium Pallekele, Kandy 35,000 2010 2018 7 [54] 25 [55] 18 [56]
Rangiri Dambulla Stadium Dambulla 30,000 2001 2018 0 55 [57] 0
Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium Sooriyawewa, Hambantota 34,300 2011 2017 0 20 [58] 7 [59]
Former Stadium
Asgiriya Stadium Kandy 10,000 1983 2007 21 [60] 6 [61] 0
CCC ground Colombo 6,000 1983 1987 3[62] 0 0
De Soysa Stadium Moratuwa 16,000 1984 1993 4 [63] 6 [64] 0

Updated 25 November 2018.

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 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 displayed on the right side of the chest and on the sleeve with the Sri Lankan Cricket logo deployed on the left in test cricket. 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 from the 1990s.

Sri Lanka's One Day and Twenty 20 kits vary from year to year with the team wearing its bright blue colour in various shades from kit to kit with yellow stripes in 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 colour of the kit of Sri Lanka can be found during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 edition in South Africa. The team coloured with pale silver and the kit has never seen since then in the team. Since then, Sri Lankan kit never changed from the usual brilliant blue colour and very fine yellow stripes. For 2016 ICC World Twenty20, orange and green colours in the flag also included in to the jersey. In 2017 ICC Champions Trophy pool game against India, the kit changed to mostly yellow colored shirt with stripes of blue and usual blue trousers.

However, for non-ICC tournaments and bilateral and tri-nation matches, the sponsor logo features prominently on the front of the shirt. Currently the main sponsors for Sri Lanka cricket are Ceylon Tea, Dialog Axiata, Huawei and MAS Holdings.

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 colour. 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 yellow circle surrounding the blue circle.

Tournament history

A red box around the year indicates tournaments hosted or co-hosted by Sri Lanka.

Current squad

The squad comprises players who have represented Sri Lanka since 1 March 2019.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team Forms S/N
Test captain and opening batsman
Dimuth Karunaratne 30 Left-handed Right-arm medium SSC Test 21
ODI, T20I captain and fast bowler
Lasith Malinga 35 Right-handed Right-arm fast NCC ODI, T20I 99
Test, ODI, T20I vice-captain and wicket-keeper batsman
Niroshan Dickwella 25 Left-handed Left-arm medium NCC Test, ODI, T20I 48
Opening batsmen
Upul Tharanga 34 Left-handed Left-arm medium NCC ODI 44
Danushka Gunathilaka 28 Left-handed Right-arm off-break SSC Test, ODI, T20I 70
Lahiru Thirimanne 29 Left-handed Right-arm medium Ragama Test, ODI 66
Avishka Fernando 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium Colts ODI, T20I 28
Middle-order batsmen
Roshen Silva 30 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Ragama Test
Angelo Mathews 31 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Colts Test, ODI, T20I 69
Dhananjaya de Silva 27 Left-handed Right-arm off-break Tamil Union Test, ODI, T20I 75
Oshada Fernando 26 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Chilaw Marians Test, ODI 80
Priyamal Perera 23 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Colts ODI 13
Wicket-keepers
Kusal Mendis 24 Right-handed Right-arm leg break CCC Test, ODI 2
Kusal Perera 28 Left-handed Left-arm medium Colts Test, ODI, T20I 55
Dinesh Chandimal 29 Right-handed Right-arm off break NCC Test, ODI 36
All-rounders
Thisara Perera 29 Left-handed Right-arm medium SSC ODI, T20I 1
Dasun Shanaka 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium SSC ODI, T20I 7
Dilruwan Perera 36 Left-handed Right-arm off-break Colts Test 47
Jeevan Mendis 36 Left-handed Right-arm leg-break Tamil Union T20I 88
Seekkuge Prasanna 33 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break SL Army ODI, T20I 41
Asela Gunaratne 33 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium SL Army ODI, T20I 14
Wanidu Hasaranga 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break CCC ODI 49
Chaturanga de Silva 29 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox NCC ODI, T20I 50
Shehan Jayasuriya 27 Left-handed Right-arm off-break Chilaw Marians ODI, T20I 31
Kamindu Mendis 20 Left-handed Ambidextrous bowling CCC ODI, T20I 84
Angelo Perera 29 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox NCC ODI, T20I
Fast bowlers
Dushmantha Chameera 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast NCC ODI, T20I 5
Isuru Udana 31 Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Chilaw Marians ODI, T20I 17
Shehan Madushanka 23 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Tamil Union ODI, T20I 20
Nuwan Pradeep 32 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium SSC Test, ODI 63
Vishwa Fernando 27 Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium CCC Test, ODI, T20I 68
Suranga Lakmal 32 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium SLPACC Test 82
Lahiru Gamage 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium CCC Test, ODI 91
Lahiru Kumara 22 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium NCC Test, ODI, T20I 97
Kasun Rajitha 25 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Badureliya Test, ODI, T20I
Chamika Karunaratne 22 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium NCC Test
Spin bowlers
Akila Dananjaya 25 Left-handed Right-arm off-break Colts Test, ODI, T20I 4
Amila Aponso 25 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Ragama ODI, T20I 32
Lakshan Sandakan 27 Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman CCC Test, ODI 85
Malinda Pushpakumara 32 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Chilaw Marians Test
Prabath Jayasuriya 27 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Colts ODI 45
Lasith Embuldeniya 22 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Nondescripts Test

Records and statistics

Head to head record

International match Summary – Sri Lanka[65][66][67]

Playing record
Format M W L T D/NR Inaugural match
Test matches 283 90 107 0 86 17 February 1982
One-Day Internationals 836 379 415 5 37 7 June 1975
Twenty20 Internationals 111 55 54 1 1 15 June 2006

Updated 16 March 2019

Test matches

Test record versus other nations[65]

Opponent M W L T D First win
v  Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 -
v  Australia 31 4 19 0 8 11 September 1999
v  Bangladesh 20 16 1 0 3 8 September 2001
v  India 44 7 20 0 17 11 September 1985
v  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 -
v  England 34 8 15 0 11 18 March 1993
v  Pakistan 53 16 19 0 18 18 March 1986
v  New Zealand 34 8 15 0 11 9 December 1992
v  South Africa 29 9 14 0 6 23 July 2000
v  West Indies 20 9 4 0 7 17 November 2001
v  Zimbabwe 18 13 0 0 5 14 September 1996

Updated 23 February 2018

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[67]

Opponent M W L T NR First win
vs Test nations
v  Afghanistan 1 1 0 0 0 17 March 2016
v  Australia 13 8 5 0 0 8 June 2009
v  Bangladesh 11 7 4 0 0 18 September 2007
v  England 9 4 5 0 0 15 June 2006
v  India 16 5 11 0 0 9 December 2009
v  Ireland 1 1 0 0 0 14 June 2009
v  New Zealand 16 6 8 1 1 22 December 2006
v  Pakistan 18 5 13 0 0 13 October 2008
v  South Africa 10 5 5 0 0 12 September 2012
v  West Indies 9 6 3 0 0 10 June 2009
v  Zimbabwe 3 3 0 0 0 10 October 2008
vs Associate Members
v  Canada 1 1 0 0 0 12 October 2008
v  Kenya 1 1 0 0 0 14 September 2007
v  Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 24 March 2014
v  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 0 25 February 2016

Updated 11 January 2019

One-Day International

ODI record versus other nations[66]

Opponent M W L T NR First win
vs Test nations
v  Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 0 3 March 2014
v  Australia 96 32 60 0 4 13 April 1983
v  Bangladesh 45 36 7 0 2 2 April 1986
v  England 74 35 36 1 2 14 February 1982
v  India 158 56 90 1 11 18 June 1979
v  Ireland 4 4 0 0 0 18 April 2007
v  New Zealand 98 41 48 1 8 18 June 1983
v  Pakistan 153 58 90 1 4 12 March 1982
v  South Africa 76 31 43 1 1 2 March 1992
v  West Indies 56 25 28 0 3 19 October 1989
v  Zimbabwe 57 44 11 0 2 23 February 1992
vs Associate Members
v  Bermuda 1 1 0 0 0 15 March 2007
v  Canada 2 2 0 0 0 19 February 2003
v  Kenya 6 5 1 0 0 6 March 1996
v  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 0 16 September 2002
v  Scotland 2 2 0 0 0 13 July 2011
v  United Arab Emirates 2 2 0 0 0 17 July 2004

Updated 16 March 2019

Team milestones

Since gaining Test Status in 1982, the Sri Lanka cricket team has achieved numerous milestones, including:

Records

  • Sri Lanka is the only team to have held the record for the highest total of all formats at one time.[68][69][70]
  • Sri Lanka currently holds the record for highest team total in Test cricket.[70]
  • Sri Lanka is the only ICC World Cup Qualifier winning team to have gone on to win the Cricket World Cup.[71]
  • Sri Lanka was the first team to win the ICC cricket World Cup in home continent (Asia)[72]
  • Sri Lanka was also the first team to win the ICC Cricket World Cup by chasing the total.[72]
  • Sri Lanka is the only team to have participated in every edition of the Asia Cup.
  • Sri Lanka is the only team to have played over 150 ODIs against two different opponents (against India and Pakistan).
  • A Sri Lankan player holds the record for the most Test wickets by both a right-arm and left-arm bowler – Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Rangana Herath (433)[73][74][75]
  • Over an eight year period (2007–2015), Sri Lanka played in five ICC finals 2007 Cricket World Cup , 2009 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2012 ICC World Twenty20, and 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[76][77][78]

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2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team

The 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team occurred on 3 March 2009, when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistani cricket team. Six members of the Sri Lanka national cricket team were wounded. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.The attack was believed to have been carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. In August 2016, three of the terrorists involved in the attack were killed during a police raid in Lahore. In October, the attack's mastermind was killed in eastern Afghanistan during a military operation, while hiding there.

Asanka Gurusinha

Deshabandu Asanka Pradeep Gurusinha (born 16 September 1966 in Colombo) is a Sri Lankan Australian sales manager and former cricketer who enjoyed an 11-year international career, playing 41 Tests and 147 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka. He was a key member for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team for Sri Lanka, who is a specialist batsman helped to win the 1996 World Cup final with 65 in a partnership of 125 with the final's Man of the Match, Aravinda de Silva. He was educated at Nalanda College Colombo and had been residing in Melbourne, Australia. Currently he is the manager of Sri Lanka national cricket team.He currently works as the manager of Sri Lanka national cricket team & a member of Team selection committee.

Graham Ford

Graham Xavier Ford (born 16 November 1960, in Natal) is a South African first class cricketer turned cricket coach. He is the former head coach of the Sri Lankan national cricket team in his second stint. A right-handed batsman, he played 7 games for Natal B in his career despite playing his last game seven years after his debut in 1982/83. He was a good allrounder sportsman, being a former provincial tennis champion and representing Natal at football. Ford is also a qualified rugby union referee.

Marvan Atapattu

Deshabandu Marvan Samson Atapattu (born 22 November 1970 in Kalutara) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former Sri Lankan captain, who played Tests and ODIs for seventeen years for Sri Lanka. One of the most stylish openers in world cricket, Atapattu started his career with scores of 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, and 0 in his first three Tests, but went on to become one of Sri Lanka's most prolific run scorers of all time, scoring six double centuries in Tests.

He has coached Canada and Singapore national cricket teams previously. From April 2014 to September 2015, he was the head coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team.

Roy Dias

Roy Luke Dias (born 18 October 1952) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played Tests and ODIs for Sri Lanka.

An elegant and stylish right-handed batsman he played 20 Test matches and became the first Sri Lankan to hit 1,000 Test runs. He played representative cricket for Sri Lanka from 1979 to 1987 and became the first Sri Lankan test cricketer of any of the three distinct Sri Lankan Tamil groups (Jaffna, eastern and Negombo) in the island.

Rumesh Ratnayake

Rumesh Joseph Ratnayake (born January 2, 1964, in Colombo), is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 23 Tests and 70 ODIs from 1982 to 1993. He is the current fast bowling coach of Sri Lanka national cricket team.During a career often blighted by injury, Ratnayake was a strapping right arm fast-medium bowler who was capable of swinging the new ball and generating considerable pace and bounce. He was also a more than useful hard-hitting lower order batsman, as Test match fifties against Pakistan and England testify.

Sri Lanka Cricket

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.

Sri Lanka national cricket team record by opponent

The Sri Lanka national cricket team represents Sri Lanka in international cricket and is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International (ODI) status. Sri Lanka first competed in 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.After Sri Lanka awarded Test status in 17 February 1982 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 P Sara Oval, Colombo. As of 27 June 2018, Sri Lanka have played 272 Test matches; they have won 86 matches, lost 101 matches, and 85 matches were drawn. They have also won the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship, defeating Pakistan in the final by an innings and 175 runs.Sri Lanka registered their first ODI win against India at Manchester, England, in 16 June 1979. As of 27 June 2018, Sri Lanka have played 816 ODI matches, winning 376 matches and losing 399; they also tied 5 matches, whilst 36 had no result. They also won the 1996 Cricket World Cup, co-champions in 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and also became five times Asian champions in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014.

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. In 2014, they won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, defeating India by 6 wickets. As of June 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. They have won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 championship in Bangladesh and was runner-up in two previous occasions. (2009, 2012).

As of June 2018, Sri Lanka have faced all nine teams in Test cricket, with their most frequent opponent being Pakistan, playing 53 matches against them. Sri Lanka have registered more wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh than any other team, with 16. In ODI matches, Sri Lanka have played against 17 teams; they have played against India most frequently, with a winning percentage of 39.49 in 158 matches. Within usual major ODI nations, Sri Lanka have defeated Pakistan on 58 occasions, which is their best record in ODIs. The team have competed against 15 countries in T20Is, and have played 18 matches against Pakistan. Sri Lanka have defeated Australia 8 occasions, which is their best win record against opponents. 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.

Sri Lanka national cricket team record by opponent (Pre test status)

The Ceylon national cricket team, later Sri Lanka national cricket team, represents Sri Lanka in international cricket since its first international representative match in 1927. Before Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International (ODI) status on 21 July 1981, Sri Lanka had associate member status from 1965 to 1981. From 1927 to 1981 all top-level international matches were of first-class or List A status. Sri Lanka first competed in top-level international cricket in 1975, when they played against West Indies during 1975 Cricket World Cup.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 1987–88

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Australia in the 1987-88 season and played 1 Test match against Australia. This was the first time that Australia and Sri Lanka had played each other in Test cricket in Australia.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 1989–90

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Australia in the 1989-90 season and played 2 Test matches against Australia. Australia won the series 1-0 with one match drawn.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 1995–96

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Australia in the 1995-96 season and played 3 Test matches against Australia. Australia won the series 3-0.

The second Test had controversy when umpire Darryl Hair called Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 1998–99

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Australia in the 1998-99 season and played a series of limited overs matches in the Carlton and United Series which also involved Australia and England. Sri Lanka was eliminated in the qualifying stage of the competition which was won by Australia.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 2002–03

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Australia in the 2002-03 season and played a series of limited overs matches in the VB Series which also involved Australia and England.

Sri Lanka was eliminated in the qualifying stage of the competition which was won by Australia.

Sri Lankan cricket team in England in 1981

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured England in the 1981 season and played thirteen first-class matches, mostly against county teams. The Sri Lankans also played two one-day matches and finished their tour with a visit to the Netherlands where they played two minor games. During the tour Sri Lanka was awarded Test cricket status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and played their inaugural test match the following year.

Sri Lankan cricket team in England in 1990

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured England in the 1990 season to play six first-class matches and two limited overs matches against county teams.

The first-class fixtures were against:

Glamorgan at Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale

Nottinghamshire at Cleethorpes

Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Sussex at Hove

Lancashire at Old Trafford

Hampshire at Southampton

Sri Lankan cricket team in New Zealand in 2000–01

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured New Zealand in the 2000-01 season to play a five-match LOI series.

Sri Lanka won the series convincingly by 4-1, New Zealand saving face by managing to win only the final game.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2004

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Zimbabwe in April and May 2004 to play 2 Test matches and 5 Limited Overs Internationals. The next time Zimbabwe played Sri Lanka in a Test match was in October 2016.

Tom Moody

Thomas Masson "Tom" Moody (born 2 October 1965) is an Australian cricket coach, commentator and former international cricketer. He is currently the coach for the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has been appointed head coach of the Bangladesh Premier League franchise Rangpur Riders for the next three seasons of the tournament from 2017 as well as the head coach of the Multan Sultans in the PSL starting from 2018. In 2017, he applied for the Head coach of Indian Cricket Team.

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