Sri Lanka national cricket team

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.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka cricket crest
Nickname(s)The Lions
AssociationSri Lanka Cricket
Test captainDimuth Karunaratne
One Day captainDasun Shanaka
T20I captainDasun Shanaka
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 8th 1st (1996)
T20I 8th 1st (2012)
First Testv  England at P. Sara Oval, Colombo; 17–21 February 1982
Last Testv  West Indies at Galle International Stadium, Galle; 29 November – 3 December 2021
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 299 95/113
(91 draws)
This year[3] 0/0
(0 draws)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–2021)
Best result7th place (2019–2021)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv  West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester; 7 June 1975
Last ODIv  Zimbabwe at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele; 21 January 2022
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 870 395/432
(5 ties, 38 no results)
This year[5] 3 2/1
(0 ties, 0 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  England at Rose Bowl, Southampton; 15 June 2006
Last T20Iv  West Indies at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 4 November 2021
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 148 67/77
(2 ties, 2 no results)
This year[7] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances7 (first in 2007)
Best resultChampions (2014)

Test kit

ODI kit

T20I kit

As of 21 January 2022

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.

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