Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket has become one of super brand names most known all over the world today. Sri Lanka Cricket, formerly the Board for Cricket Control in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), is the controlling body for cricket in Sri Lanka. It operates the Sri Lankan cricket team and first-class cricket within Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket as formally known now was first registered with Ministry of Sports on 1975 as a national sports body. It was initially called BCCSL until it came to be incorporated as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in 2003.Sri Lanka Cricket has been the stamp of authority on local cricketing map under the mandate of Ministry of Sports and Public Recreation and is focused on upholding the cricketing heritage of the country.
Sri Lanka Cricket oversees the progress and handling of the major domestic competitions, the First-class tournament Premier Trophy, the List A tournament Premier Limited over Tournament and the Twenty20 competition Twenty20 Tournament. They also organize and host the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition where the above first-class do not take part but rather teams represent four different provinces of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a full member of the International Cricket Counciland the Asian Cricket Council. Sri Lanka co-hosted the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh will co-host the 2011 Cricket World Cup (ICC). There are 49 matches will be played in this world cup out them 29 in India (8 grounds), 8 in Bangladesh (2 grounds) and 12 in Sri Lanka (3 grounds). The 3 grounds are Hambantota Cricket Stadium, Pallekele Cricket Stadium and R. Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka. 2011 Cricket World Cup final match on 2 April 2011 between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. India won the tournament defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final.
Sri Lanka Cricket, formerly the Board for Cricket Control in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), is operates the Sri Lankan cricket teams. Sri Lanka National cricket team and Sri Lankan women’s cricket team is first-class cricket within Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Cricket Team
Sri Lankan cricket team is the National cricket team of the Sri Lanka. The team first played international cricket in 1926–27. In 1975 this team played international cricket for the first time and in 1981 the Sri Lanka Cricket team was given Test status and this made Sri Lanka the eighth playing Test country. Before 1972 the country was called as Ceylon and this side took part in the M.J. Gopalan Trophy matches. Sri Lankan National Cricket Team transformed themselves from underdog status to a major cricketing nation during the 1990s.
The greatest moment for Sri Lankan cricket was when they won the 1996 World Cup by defeating Australia a top ranked team in the final. The 1996 Cricket World Cup, also called the Wills World Cup after its official sponsors, was the sixth edition of the tournament organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was the second World Cup to be hosted by India and Pakistan, and for the first time by Sri Lanka. The game style of Sri Lanka cricket was marked by highly aggressive batting during the first fifteen overs and this revolutionized One day International cricket. The strategy of the Sri Lankan batsmen became the hallmark of one day cricket.
Sri Lankan cricket team reached the finals of the 2007 Cricket World Cup but lost to Australia in a rain-affected final match. The batting of Sri Lanka have won the Cricket World Cup in 1996. The ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (Co-champions with India), have been runners up in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and have been runners up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009. Sri Lankan cricket team currently holds several world records including world records for highest team totals in all three forms of the game, Test, ODI (One Day International) and Twenty20.
Sri Lankan Women’s Cricket Team
The Sri Lankan women’s cricket team is the team that represents Sri Lanka in international women’s cricket matches. Sri Lankan women’s cricket team’s international debut came in 1997 with a three match ODI series against the Netherlands. Since then, the team has represented Sri Lanka in international women’s cricket tournaments. The Sri Lankan women’s cricket team is the team that represents the country of Sri Lanka in international women’s cricket matches.
Cricket Grounds in Sri Lanka
Locations of all stadiums which have hosted a Test match or an One Day International within Sri Lanka.
* Hambanthota Cricket Stadium
* Pallekele Cricket Stadium
* R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
* Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
* Galle International Stadium, Galle
* Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium
* Sinhalese Sports Club Ground (SSC Ground), Colombo
* Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa
* Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy
* Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Hambantota (Sooriyawewa) International Stadium
Suriyawewa Stadium is a new Cricket stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and will host two matches, the first being Sri Lanka against Canada, on 20 February 2011. The stadium will have a capacity of 32,000 people. The proposed cricket stadium for day/night matches situated in the remote area of Meegahajandura off Sooriyawewa, approximately 8 kilometres from the emerging commercial hub in Hambantota, is expected to come under inspection by the ICC World Cup officials in January 2010. Once the first phase of the stadium which includes laying of the turf pitches and grass along with other basic ICC ground requirements are completed, the venue will be used for inter-school and inter-provincial cricket matches. Afterwards, the upcoming stadium will have to play host for two or more One-Day International matches during a home series before the ICC finally decides to give the green light for hosting one of the World Cup semi-final matches.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy. It has been built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup along with Hambantota International Cricket Stadium.
This ground which is fully owned by Sri Lanka Cricket is a very beautiful sight and could easily accommodate 30,000 spectators at any given time. There will be 30 practice wickets located behind the main pavilion and fifteen of them will be reserved for international matches.
R. Premadasa Stadium
R. Premadasa Stadium (also known as Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium) is a Cricket stadium situated on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was prior to June 1994 known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues in which Sri Lankan cricket team play. Also the 2011 Cricket World Cup and will host matches in stadium.
Colombo Cricket Club Ground
The Colombo Cricket Club Ground is the home ground of the Colombo Cricket Club, the oldest first-class cricket club in Sri Lanka. Colombo Cricket Club Ground (CCCG) is a multi-purpose stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is currently used mostly for domestic first-class cricket matches and for hosting warm up matches for touring teams. The stadium can hold 6,000 people and hosted its first test match in 1984. It is one of the smallest test grounds in the world.
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is currently used mostly for Cricket matches. The stadium holds 15,000 and hosted its first test match in 1982. It is named after Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, a former Civil servant. The venue is the home ground of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. This stadium is now used for multiple sports activities.
Sinhala Sports Club Ground (SSC)
The Sinhalese Sports Club is one the most famous Cricket grounds of Sri Lanka. It is the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, the controlling body of cricket in Sri Lanka. The Ground often cited as the Lord’s of Sri Lanka, hosting most domestic finals and one of preeminent international cricket venues.
Tyronne Fernando Stadium
Tyronne Fernando Stadium (Now renamed as De Soysa Stadium) is a multi-use stadium in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. It is currently used mostly for Cricket matches. The stadium holds 15,000 people and hosted its first test match in 1992. The ground opened in 1979. Moratuwa, located just eight miles (13 km) south from the city of Colombo, has produced a large number of cricketers for both Ceylon and Sri Lanka.
Galle International Stadium
Galle International Stadium is a Cricket stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, situated near the Galle fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean. Galle, Sri Lanka. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Before being brought up to international cricket standards, it was known as The Esplanade; and is the home ground of the Galle cricket club.
Surrounded by mountains in the ancient hill capital of Kandy, Asgiriya is considered to be one of the most picturesque Cricket grounds in the world.
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Dambulla International Cricket Stadium is a 16,800 seat cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. The Stadium is situated in the Central Province, close to Dambulla. On a 60 acre site leased from the Rangiri Dambulla Temple. The stadium is built over looking the Dambulla Tank; (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock.