Captain - Dimuth Karunaratne (Test and ODI), Lasith Malinga (T20)
Head Coach - Rumesh Ratnayake
Assistant Coach - Bret Lee
Representing - Sri Lanka
Team Colour - Blue and Yellow
Sponserships - Kent RO Purifiers
In men's international cricket men's international cricket, Sri Lanka is represented by the men's national cricket squad, also known as "The Lions." It has Test, ODI, and T20 International (T20I) status and is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The team debuted in international competition (as Ceylon) in 1926–1927. After receiving Test status in 1981, Sri Lanka became the eighth country to participate in Test cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket is in charge of managing the group according to Sri Lanka cricket news.
Under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka's national cricket team saw significant success in the 1990s, going from being the underdog to winning the Cricket World Cup in 1996. The team has remained a major player in international cricket ever since. The Sri Lankan cricket team had back-to-back appearances in the finals of the Cricket World Cups in 2007 and 2011. In the end, they came in second place on both occasions.
Sri Lanka won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), and the Cricket World Cup in 1996 (against Australia) (vs India). They finished second in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2012, and they finished second in back-to-back Cricket World Cups in 2007 and 2011. Several world records are now held by the Sri Lankan cricket team, including the record for the highest team total in a Test match according to cricket update Sri Lanka.
In 1832, the Colombo Cricket Club was the precursor to the Sri Lankan national cricket squad. The Ceylon national cricket team was a national squad by the 1880s. By the 1920s, the Ceylon national side had begun playing first-class cricket. The International Cricket Council granted it Associate Member membership in 1965. In 1972, the national cricket team of Ceylon changed its name to the Sri Lanka cricket team. During the 1975 Cricket World Cup, it faced off against West Indies in its inaugural international cricket match.
On July 21, 1981, Sri Lanka received Test status, moving up to the eighth Test-playing nation. However, Sri Lanka didn't win their first Test match until they defeated India by 149 runs in the second game of the series at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo on September 6, 1985 according to Sri Lanka cricket news. On June 16, 1979, Sri Lanka defeated India in Manchester, England, for their first victory in an ODI. The 1996 Cricket World Cup was ultimately won by them.
The Sri Lankan team has competed in 63 games throughout 13 World Cups, winning 29 of them. Sri Lanka has one of the ordinary winning rates in the ODI World Cup with 31 losses. In 2015, they participated in one quarterfinal; in 2003, one semifinal; and in 1996, 2007, and 2011, three finals. In 1996, they took home one Cricket World Cup victory according to cricket update Sri Lanka.
Additionally, Sri Lanka has competed in every ICC Champions Trophy season, and in 2002, it shared a championship with India. It has participated in 26 games across eight tournament editions, winning 14 of them. Additionally, it participated in the tournament's semifinals twice, in 1998 and 2013.
Sri Lanka's cricket squad has competed in seven T20 World Cups and has appeared in 31 games over the years. It has one semifinal appearance (in 2010), three final appearances (in 2009, 2012, and 2014), and one championship appearance (in 2014). It has won 22 games while losing nine. Over the years, Sri Lanka's performance at the World T20s has been outstanding according to SriLanka cricket news.
The organization in charge of overseeing cricket in Sri Lanka is called Sri Lanka Cricket, however it was originally known as the Board of Cricket Control in Sri Lanka or BCCSL. Additionally, it oversees all significant domestic tournaments for first-class cricket in Sri Lanka, including the Twenty20 Tournament, the Premier Limited Overs Tournament, and the List A tournament. Teams from four distinct Sri Lankan provinces compete in the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, which is organized and hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket according to Sri Lanka national cricket team news.
The Sri Lankan team always dresses in cricket whites, which is the uniform for Test cricket. It comes with an optional dark blue and blue V-neck sweater or sweater vest. The Sri Lankan flag is displayed on the left chest of the jersey, and below the flag is the Test cap number, another often-used design element. Deep blue is the colour of the fielder's headgear and helmets. Reebok, AJ Sports, Asics, ISC, and Adidas are former suppliers of Sri Lankan jerseys.
In limited-overs cricket, Sri Lanka's One Day and Twenty20 uniforms change from year to year with the introduction of new jerseys with fresh patterns and ideas. However, the predominant colour in Jersey is a vivid blue with varied tones, with yellow stripes on the shoulders and waist. "SRI LANKA" is printed on the front of the jersey when the team competes in official ICC competitions, such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, and Asia Cup according to cricket update Sri Lanka.
The 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy, the 2002 Champions Trophy, and the 2014 World T20 are the three ICC Trophies that the Sri Lanka Cricket team has so far won.
Cricket is undoubtedly the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is also one of the twelve nations which officially participate in international Test cricket. Winning the cricket world cup in 1996 gave a huge boost to its fan following. Not to mention it is one of the six nations to have ever lifted the cup. Cricket in Sri Lanka is played at professional, semi-professional and recreational levels.
Whenever an international cricket match is scheduled in the country, it is attended to and watched with interest by a large part of the population. Sri Cricket Team and Board have their official Twitter handles which are followed by millions around the world.
For all the latest Sri Lanka cricket news, CBTF Speed News is the website where you can check the Sri Lanka cricket team page for the latest news updates.