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 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.
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.
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