Sri Lanka national cricket team

Sri Lanka
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Nickname(s)The Lions
AssociationSri Lanka Cricket
Test captainDimuth Karunaratne
One Day captainDasun Shanaka
T20I captainDasun Shanaka
CoachChris Silverwood
Test status acquired1981
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member (1965)
Full Member (1981)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
Test 7th 2nd (2002)
ODI 9th 2nd (1997)
T20I 8th 1st (2012)
First Testv  England at P. Sara Oval, Colombo; 17–21 February 1982
Last Testv  Ireland at Galle International Stadium, Galle; 24–28 April 2023
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 311 100/119
(92 draws)
This year[3] 4 2/2
(0 draws)
World Test Championship appearances2 (first in 2019–2021)
Best result5th place (2021–2023)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv  West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester; 7 June 1975
Last ODIv  New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton; 31 March 2023
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 883 399/440
(5 ties, 39 no results)
This year[5] 5 0/5
(0 ties, 0 no results)
World Cup appearances12 (first in 1975)
Best resultSimple gold cup.svg Champions (1996)
World Cup Qualifier appearances1 (first in 1979)
Best resultSimple gold cup.svg Champions (1979)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton; 15 June 2006
Last T20Iv  New Zealand at John Davies Oval, Queenstown; 8 April 2023
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 179 79/94
(4 ties, 2 no results)
This year[7] 6 1/4
(1 ties, 0 no results)
T20 World Cup appearances8 (first in 2007)
Best resultSimple gold cup.svg Champions (2014)

Test kit

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ODI kit

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T20I kit

As of 28 April 2023

The Sri Lanka men's national cricket team, (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම, romanized: Shri Lanka Jathika Krikat Kandayama; 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 became an associate member of ICC in 1965. They 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.

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 (vs Australia), the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), and the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014 (vs India). 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.

  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "Test matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "Test matches - 2023 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "ODI matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ "ODI matches - 2023 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  6. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  7. ^ "T20I matches - 2023 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  8. ^ "The lion's fairy tale". The Cricket Monthly by ESPNcricinfo. March 2015. Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  9. ^ "ICC Members Countries". International Cricket Council (ICC). Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Team Sri Lanka at Cricket World Cups". Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2014.

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