Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

Nickname: The Lions
Test Status (Year): 1981
ICC Status: Full Member
ICC Joined (Year): 1981
Head Coach: Chris Silverwood
Test Cricket
Test Captain Dimuth Karunaratne
Test Kit Color
Sri Lanka - ICC Test Team Ranking 7 Matches: 20 Points: 1637 Rating: 82
ODI Cricket
ODI Captain Dasun Shanaka
ODI Kit Color
Sri Lanka - ICC ODI Team Ranking 8 Matches: 24 Points: 2086 Rating: 87
T20I Cricket
T20I Captain Dasun Shanaka
T20I Kit Color
Sri Lanka - ICC T20I Team Ranking 9 Matches: 33 Points: 7606 Rating: 230

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team: Current Squad

Dimuth Karunaratne Dimuth Karunaratne Batsman TEST ODI T20I Lakshan Sandakan Lakshan Sandakan Bowler TEST ODI T20I 85

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team: Facts and Records

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There have been a number of cricket playing legends from Sri Lanka. Two of the most famous players were Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sri Lanka has a cricket ground at a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Only team to win a World Cup after having been an Associate member

Sri Lanka is the youngest nation to have recorded Test victories against all Test teams

The 2nd oldest uninterupted cricket series is played in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka national cricket team – all about the team

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Sri Lanka National Cricket Team

The Sri Lanka national cricket team is a full member of the International Cricket Council, which allows the team to participate in international competitions such as One Day International, T20 International and, of course, Tests. By the way, the team has several world records on its account, which no one has managed to break yet. The governing body that controls the activities of the national team representing the country at tournaments is Sri Lanka Cricket. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the Sri Lankan team.

Sri Lanka national cricket team nicknamed as "Lions"
Sri Lanka national cricket team nicknamed as “Lions”

Sri Lanka national cricket team: a history of cricket development

Before we start talking about how cricket appeared in Sri Lanka, it is worth mentioning a little about how the country itself was formed in general. In 1505, the Portuguese captured the island, located in South Asia, and gave it the name “Ceylon”. After some time, the territory was colonized by the British, so in historical reference books, you can see that cricket began to develop in the state of Ceylon.

According to official sources, the first recorded cricket match was held in 1832, and in 1880, the first national cricket team of Ceylon appeared. Forty years later, in 1920, the national team began playing first-class cricket.

In 1965, the Ceylon national cricket team received the status of an associate member of the ICC, which allowed it to start participating in international competitions.

In 1972, the state was renamed, Sri Lanka. And in 1975, the Sri Lanka national cricket team made its first appearance at the Cricket World Cup, held in England at the Old Trafford stadium. However, the team did not play very well there, losing to the national team from the West Indies.

Since 1981, the Sri Lanka national cricket team has received the status of a full member of the International Cricket Council, which allowed it to start playing at Tests. By the way, at that time, it became the eighth participating country that started playing in the Tests. The first match was held in 1982 against a team from England, but Sri Lanka was defeated. The national team earned its first victory in tests three years later in 1985 in a match against India. However, they had to wait even longer for the second victory in the series: in 1992, the Sri Lankan cricket team beat the team from New Zealand. And this victory was the beginning of a stable and productive game of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka national cricket team: a history of cricket development
Sri Lanka national cricket team: a history of cricket development

The first foreign victories of the Sri Lankan national team:

  • on June 16, 1979, the team won for the first time at the One Day International in England, when it played against the national team from India.
  • on March 15, 1995, Sri Lanka won the first test match at Napier in a game against New Zealand.

In 2006, the Sri Lanka national cricket team made its debut at the Twenty20 International against the national team from England. The first match was very successful – Sri Lanka came out the winner.

The main achievements of the Sri Lanka national cricket team:

  • In 1986, it became the Asian champion. The team repeated its success in 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014.
  • Won the Cricket World Cup in 1996.
  • In the 2001-2002 season, it won the Asian Test Championship.
  • Won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002.
  • In 2007 and 2011, it took second place at the Cricket World Cup.
  • In 2009 and 2012, it took second place at the ICC T20 World Cup.
  • In 2014, it became the champion at the ICC T20 World Cup.

In 1975, the Board of Cricket for Sri Lanka was established on the territory of Sri Lanka to regulate professional cricket in the country. In 2003, it was renamed Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lankan national team world T20 champion 2014
Sri Lankan national team world T20 champion 2014

Sri Lanka national cricket team: current squad, coaching staff

In total, there are 34 athletes in the reserve of the Sri Lanka national cricket team:

  • Test captain playing in the position of opening batsman: Dimuth Karunaratne.
  • Captain for One Day International and Twenty20, playing in the wicket-keeper position: Kusal Perera.
  • Vice-captain for One Day International and Twenty20, playing in the wicket-keeper position: Kusal Mendis.
  • Opening batsmen (3): Lahiru Thirimanne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando.
  • Middle-order batsmen (4): Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Ashen Bandara.
  • Wicket-keepers (3): Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Minod Bhanuka.
  • All-rounder (7): Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Diruwan Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Kamindu Mendis.
  • Fast bowlers (10): Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajita, Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Chamika Karunarante.
  • Spin bowlers (4): Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Embuldeniya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Akila Danajaya.

The head coach of the national team is Mickey Arthur. Grant Flower trains the batsmen, while Piyal Wijetunge and Lasith Malinga train the bowlers. Shane McDermott is responsible for fielding.

Shirt Number Name Cricket Formats Notes
Batsmen
31 Dimuth Karunaratne TEST ODI T20I Captain (Test), Contract grade with SLC (A)
66 Lahiru Thirimanne TEST Contract grade with SLC (B)
28 Avishka Fernando ODI T20I
80 Oshada Fernando TEST Contract grade with SLC (D)
18 Pathum Nissanka TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (B)
10 Ashen Bandara ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (D)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa ODI T20I
Bowlers
63 Nuwan Pradeep ODI
68 Vishwa Fernando TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (C)
82 Suranga Lakmal TEST Contract grade with SLC (B)
8 Lahiru Kumara TEST Contract grade with SLC (D)
65 Kasun Rajitha TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (C)
78 Asitha Fernando TEST ODI
5 Dushmantha Chameera TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (C)
71 Binura Fernando ODI
29 Chamika Karunaratne TEST ODI
85 Lakshan Sandakan TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (C)
96 Lasith Embuldeniya TEST Contract grade with SLC (B)
12 Praveen Jayawickrama TEST ODI
4 Akila Dananjaya ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (D)
Maheesh Theekshana ODI
All-Rounders
7 Dasun Shanaka TEST ODI T20I Captain (ODI, T20I), Contract grade with SLC (B)
75 Dhananjaya de Silva TEST ODI T20I Vicce-captain (Test, ODI, T20I), Contract grade with SLC (A)
69 Angelo Mathews TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (A)
47 Dilruwan Perera TEST Contract grade with SLC (B)
49 Wanindu Hasaranga TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (B)
25 Ramesh Mendis TEST ODI Contract grade with SLC (D)
84 Kamindu Mendis ODI T20I
72 Charith Asalanka ODI
77 Dhananjaya Lakshan ODI
Wicket-Keepers
55 Kusal Perera TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (A)
36 Dinesh Chandimal TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with SLC (C)
15 Minod Bhanuka TEST
Coaches
Tom Moody Director of Cricket
Mickey Arthur Head Coach
Grant Flower Batting coach
Piyal Wijetunge Spin Bowling coach
Chaminda Vaas Fast Bowling coach
Shane McDermott Fielding coach
Manuja Kariyapperuma Team Manager
Selectors
Pramodya Wickramasinghe Chairman
Romesh Kaluwitharana
Hemantha Wickramaratne

Sri Lanka national cricket team: stadiums, logo, uniform, nickname

The Sri Lanka national cricket team has seven stadiums throughout the country. For more information, see our table. 

Sri Lanka national cricket team: stadiums
City Stadium names Year of foundation Capacity
Colombo

 

P.Sara Oval 1982 15.000 spectators
SSC ground 1984 10.000 spectators
R. Premadasa Stadium 1986 40.000 spectators
Galle Galle International  Stadium 1998 35.000 spectators
Pallekele Pallekele Cricket Stadium 2010 35.000 spectators
Dambulla Rangiri Dambulla Stadium 2001 30.000 spectators
Sooriyawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium 2011 34.300 spectators

The most common nickname of the Sri Lanka national cricket team is the lions. The name is closely related to the team’s corporate logo, which depicts a lion holding a sword on a dark blue background. At the same time, in test matches, the logo that should be depicted on the players’ hats looks a little different: there, an animal with a sword is surrounded by lotus petals and depicted in two circles of blue and gold color.

As for the uniform, the Sri Lankan national team wears a white suit at the Tests. Depending on the weather conditions, athletes can wear a blue V-neck sweater. The baseball cap is also decorated in dark blue tones. And for such matches as One Day International or T20, players wear a blue uniform, which can be decorated with a gold line running along the edges of the clothes.

The Sri Lanka national cricket team is currently sponsored by MAS Holdings, Dialog Axiata and Jat Holdings.

P.Sara Oval - Sri Lanka national cricket team main stadium
P.Sara Oval – Sri Lanka national cricket team main stadium

The Sri Lanka National Cricket Team is one of the strongest teams in the world, which is very interesting for fans to follow. We regularly publish cricket tips for betting, including for “The Lions”.

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team: FAQ
Where is the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team in the ranking table?
In what year was the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team formed?
Is Sri Lanka a strong cricket team?
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Where is the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team in the ranking table?
As of September 2021, the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team occupies the following places: Test Cricket - 8rd place, ODI Cricket - 9rd place, T20I Cricket - 10th place.
In what year was the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team formed?
The first recorded match dates back to 1832 as reported in The Colombo Journal. By the 1880s a national team, the Ceylon national cricket team, was formed which began playing first-class cricket by the 1920s.
Is Sri Lanka a strong cricket team?
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. Within usual major ODI nations, Sri Lanka have defeated England on 34 occasions, which is their best record in ODIs.