Sri Lanka (Cricket History, Records, All Players Shorts Profile Who Played till 2022)

The Lions Are Sri Lanka’s men’s international cricket squad. Test, ODI, and T20I status makes it an ICC Full Member. Sri Lanka became the eighth Test cricket nation in 1981 after playing international cricket as Ceylon in 1926–27. Sri Lanka Cricket runs it. Under Arjuna Ranatunga’s captaincy, Sri Lanka’s cricket team went from underdog to World Cup champion in 1996. Since then, the team has dominated international cricket. Sri Lanka reached the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cup finals. They finished second twice.

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Sri Lanka won the 1996 Cricket World Cup (versus Australia), 2002 ICC Champions Trophy (co-champions with India), and 2014 ICC T20 World Cup (vs India). They finished second in the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups and the 2009 and 2012 ICC T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka has multiple global records, including the highest Test cricket team total.


Era of underdogs

The Colombo Journal said that the first cricket match on the island was played in 1832 after the British colonized it. The Ceylon national cricket team was created in the 1880s and played first-class cricket by the 1920s. The International Cricket Council granted Ceylon Associate Member membership. In 1975, the national team, renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, lost to the West Indies in the 1975 Cricket World Cup in Old Trafford, England.

The International Cricket Conference granted Sri Lanka Test status in 1981. On 17 February 1982, they played their debut Test against England at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo. England triumphed by 7 wickets in that match, captained by Bandula Warnapura. Sri Lanka won their first Test match on 6 September 1985 at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo, beating India by 149 runs in the second match of the series. They defeated Pakistan by 175 runs in the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship final.

On 11 September 1985, Sri Lanka defeated India by 149 runs at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in their maiden Test match under Duleep Mendis. They won 1–0. In December 1992, Sri Lanka won the two-match series 1–0 against New Zealand after more than seven years. A One-Test win against England followed. Two years later, on 15 March 1995, Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand by 241 runs at Napier in their first overseas Test match under Arjuna Ranatunga. They won their first overseas Test series, 1–0. Sri Lanka won their next overseas series against Pakistan. Sri Lanka won their first ODI against India at Old Trafford on 16 June 1979.

Current era:

After winning the 1996 Cricket World Cup under Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka finally became a cricketing powerhouse. They changed modern batting methods by scoring quickly in the first 15 overs. The team Sri Lanka won six Asian titles—1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014, and 2022—and the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy. Sri Lanka won their first Test match against Australia by six wickets at Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy on 11 September 1999 under Sanath Jayasuriya. They won 1–0.

Sri Lanka played their 100th Test on June 14, 2000. Sanath Jayasuriya led it in SSC, Colombo, versus Pakistan. Pakistan won 5-wickets. They met Australia at Galle on August 4, 2016, their 250th Test match. They also won the Warne-Muralidharan trophy for the first time. Sri Lanka beat Australia 3-0 in Test cricket for the first time under Angelo Mathews on 17 August 2016.

Sri Lanka has swept Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Australia in Test cricket before 2017. Pakistan and Sri Lanka played their first day-night Test match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 6 October 2017. Dinesh Chandimal led Sri Lanka to a 68-run win and a 2–0 series win. Dimuth Karunaratne became the first Sri Lankan to score 50, 100, and 150 in a day-night Test. Lahiru Gamage, who debuted in the match, became the first Sri Lankan to take a wicket in a day-night Test, while Dilruwan Perera took the first five-wicket haul. Sri Lanka defeated England 2–0 in their maiden Twenty20 International (T20I) match at the Rose Bowl on June 15, 2006. They defeated India 6 wickets in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

Regulating body:

Sri Lanka Cricket is in charge of cricket in Sri Lanka. It used to be called the Board for Cricket Control or BCCSL. It runs the Sri Lankan cricket team and Sri Lankan first-class cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket is in charge of the country’s three biggest tournaments: The Twenty20 Tournament, the First-Class Premier Trophy, and the List a Premier Limited Overs Tournament. Sri Lanka Cricket also plans and hosts the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, in which five teams from four different parts of Sri Lanka compete.

Most rural areas of Sri Lanka outside of the capital, Colombo, haven’t been able to produce successful cricket players for the national and international teams yet because they lack the resources and opportunities to do so. Galle, Matara, Kandy, and Kurunegala are some of the major areas that do produce successful cricket players for the national and international teams. So the government is making program like the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament to get the game played all over the country.

International grounds:

StadiumCityCapacityFirst usedLast usedTestsODIsT20Is
Active stadiums
P. Sara OvalColombo15,0001982201922122
SSC groundColombo10,0001984202045652
R. Premadasa StadiumColombo40,00019862022914038
Galle International StadiumGalle35,000199820224190
Pallekele Cricket StadiumPallekele, Kandy35,0002010202293122
Rangiri Dambulla StadiumDambulla16,800200120180550
Mahinda Rajapaksa StadiumSooriyawewa, Hambantota35,000201120200217
Former stadiums
Asgiriya StadiumKandy10,000198320072160
CCC groundColombo6,00019831987300
De Soysa StadiumMoratuwa16,00019841993460

Team colors:

The Sri Lankan national cricket team’s colors are blue and yellow, just like other Sri Lankan sports teams. The bright blue is for the ocean around the island, and the golden yellow is for the island as a whole (depicting the sand). In Test matches, the team wears cricket whites. A dark blue and blue V-neck sweater or sweater-vest can be worn if it’s cold, like on tours to Australia, England, and New Zealand. The Sri Lankan flag is on the left side of the jersey’s chest, and the Test cap number is usually below it. The helmets are a deep blue, and the fielder’s hat is usually a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed sunhat with a similar color. In test cricket, the logo of the sponsor is on the right side of the chest, and the logo of Sri Lankan Cricket is on the left sleeve.

Sri Lanka’s One Day and Twenty 20 kits change from year to year. The team wears bright blue in different shades, and yellow stripes on the shoulders and waist change from year to year. Sri Lanka’s kits have been bright blue and golden yellow in the past. The team Sri Lanka’s uniforms for the World Series Cup in 1984–85 were yellow with blue stripes.

For official ICC tournaments like the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, and Asia Cup, “SRI LANKA” is written on the front of the jersey instead of the sponsor logo, which is placed on the sleeve. During the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, there was a big change in the color of Sri Lanka’s uniform. The team’s colors were pale silver, and the team’s kit hasn’t been seen in the team since. Since then, the Sri Lankan team’s uniform has always been bright blue with very thin yellow stripes. For the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, the jersey also has the orange and green colors from the flag. In the pool game against India at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, the uniform changed to a mostly yellow shirt with blue stripes and the usual blue pants.

The Sri Lankan team’s jersey for the 2019 Cricket World Cup was made from recycled plastic sea trash from the Sri Lankan coast. On the side of the shirt with the blue background, there is a picture of a turtle. But when it’s not an ICC tournament or a match between two or three countries, the sponsor logo is big and visible on the front of the shirt.

The logo for Sri Lanka’s cricket team is a golden lion with a sword on its right arm and a bright blue background. Below the lion, the words “Sri Lanka Cricket” are written. In Test cricket, the logo on the cap is a little different. Instead of lotus petals, the lion with a sword is surrounded by a blue circle, and the blue circle is surrounded by a yellow circle.


Between 2000 and 2010, Ceylon tea, Reebok, Mobitel Sri Lanka, and Dialog Axiata took turns sponsoring the team. Dilmah has been a sponsor since the early 2000s, when it took over for Singer, which had been the main sponsor in the 1990s. Reebok, AJ Sports, Asics, ISC, and Adidas were all companies that used to make shoes.

Current Sponsors & Partners
Team SponsorDialog
Kit SponsorMAS Holdings
Overseas Team SponsorFairPlay
Cricket Helmet PartnerMasuri
Beverages PartnerMy Cola
Energy Drink PartnerRed Bull
Casual Clothing SponsorMoose Clothing Company
Formal Clothing PartnerNamal Balachandra Private Limited
Official BroadcasterSony Pictures Networks
PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
2000–2003AJ Sports
2019 –2020Dialog

Cricket World Cup Record:

World Cup record 
 1975Round 17/830300 
 1999Group stage10/1252300 
 2019Group stage6/1093402 
TotalChampion (1996)12/1263293112

ICC T20 World Cup Records:

World Twenty20 record
2007Super 8s6/1253200
2016Group Stage8/1641300
2021Super 12s8/1685300
2022Qualified (First round)
TotalChampion (2014)1 title43281500

Asia Cup Record:

Asia Cup record
United Arab Emirates 1984Second place2/321100
Sri Lanka 1986Champions1/332100
Bangladesh 1988Runners-up2/443100
India 1990–91Runners-up2/332100
Pakistan 1993Not Held
United Arab Emirates 1995Runners-up2/442200
Sri Lanka 1997Champions1/444000
Bangladesh 2000Runners-up2/442200
Sri Lanka 2004Champions1/664200
Pakistan 2008Champions1/665100
Sri Lanka 2010Runners-up2/443100
Bangladesh 2012Round 14/430300
Bangladesh 2014Champions1/555000
Bangladesh 2016Round 14/541300
United Arab Emirates 2018Round 16/620200
United Arab Emirates 2022Champions1/665100
Total15/156 titles60442200

Current team:

This is a list of players who are centrally contracted with SLC, have played for Sri Lanka in the last 12 months, or have been named to the most recent Test, ODI, or T20I squad. Italics are used for players who don’t have a cap. Last changed on May 14, 2022.

NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleDomestic teamFormatC/GS/NLast TestLast ODILast T20I
Test Captain; Opening Batsman
Dimuth Karunaratne34Left-handedRight-arm mediumSSCTestA316 2022 2021
ODI and T20I Captain; All-Rounder
Dasun Shanaka31Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastSSCTest, ODI, T20IB17 2021 2022 2022
Test and ODI Vice Captain; All-Rounder
Dhananjaya de Silva31Right-handedRight-arm off-breakTamil UnionTest, ODI, T20IA175 2022 2022 2022
T20I Vice Captain; Middle-Order Batsmen
Charith Asalanka25Left-handedRight-arm off breakSSCTest, ODI, T20I72 2022 2022 2022
Opening Batsmen
Lahiru Thirimanne33Left-handedRight-arm mediumRagamaTestB366 2022 2019 2016
Pathum Nissanka24Right-handedNCCTest, ODI, T20IB318 2022 2022 2022
Avishka Fernando24Right-handedRight-arm mediumColtsODI, T20I28 2021 2022
Middle-Order Batsmen
Bhanuka Rajapaksa30Left-handedRight-arm mediumBurgherODI, T20I54 2021 2022
Ashen Bandara24Left-handedRight-arm leg-breakPoliceODI, T20ID310 2021 2022
Oshada Fernando30Right-handedRight-arm leg breakAce CapitalTestD180 2022 2021 2021
Angelo Mathews35Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumColtsTest, ODI, T20IA269 2022 2021 2021
Niroshan Dickwella29Left-handedNCCTest, ODI, T20IA148 2022 2022 2021
Kusal Mendis26Right-handedRight-arm leg spinSSCTest, ODI, T20IA313 2022 2022 2022
Dinesh Chandimal33Right-handedRight-arm off-breakArmyTest, ODI, T20IC256 2022 2022 2022
Minod Bhanuka27Left-handedCCCTest, ODI, T20I15 2021 2021 2021
Kusal Perera32Left-handedRight-arm mediumPoliceTest, ODI, T20IA255 2021 2021 2021
Wanindu Hasaranga25Right-handedRight-arm leg-breakCCCTest, ODI, T20IB249 2021 2022 2022
Ramesh Mendis27Right-handedRight-arm off breakMoorsTest, ODID125 2022 2022 2021
Kamindu Mendis24Left-handedAmbidextrous off breakCCCODI, T20I21 2022 2022 2021
Chamika Karunaratne26Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNCCTest, ODI, T20I29 2019 2022 2022
Dunith Wellalage19Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxColtsODI1 2022
Pace Bowlers
Dushmantha Chameera30Right-handedRight-arm fastNCCTest, ODI, T20IC15 2021 2022 2022
Vishwa Fernando31Right-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumCCCTestC368 2022 2019 2017
Lahiru Kumara25Right-handedRight-arm fastNCCTest, ODI, T20ID28 2022 2019 2022
Kasun Rajitha29Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumBadureliyaTest, ODI, T20IC165 2022 2021 2022
Asitha Fernando25Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumCCCTest, ODI78 2022 2021 2022
Binura Fernando27Right-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumSSCODI, T20I71 2021 2022
Nuwan Thushara28Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastBadureliyaT20I53 2022
Chamika Gunasekara23Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastNCCODI6 2022
Pramod Madushan29Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastTamil UnionODI, T20I40 2022 2022
Dilshan Madushanka22Right-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumColtsT20I98 2022
Matheesha Pathirana20Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNCCT20I9 2022
Spin Bowlers
Lakshan Sandakan31Left-handedSlow left-arm wrist-spinCCCTest, ODI, T20IC285 2018 2021 2021
Lasith Embuldeniya26Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxNCCTestB296 2022
Praveen Jayawickrama24Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxMoorsTest, ODI, T20I12 2022 2021 2022
Akila Dananjaya29Left-handedRight-arm off spin/Leg breakColtsODI, T20IA24 2019 2021 2021
Maheesh Theekshana22Right-handedRight-arm off breakColtsTest, ODI, T20I61 2022 2022 2022
Jeffrey Vandersay32Right-handedRight-arm Leg breakTamil UnionODI, T20I46 2022 2022 2022
Prabath Jayasuriya31Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxSSCTest77 2022 2018