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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was first registered with the Ministry of Sports on 30 June 1975 as a national sports body. Initially named Board of Cricket for Sri Lanka (BCCSL), it was renamed Sri Lanka Cricket in 2003. The SLC is thus the apex national body for the administration and development of cricket in Sri Lanka, including management of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

Thilanga Sumathipala (currently Deputy Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament) was elected SLC President on 3 January 2016.[2]

History

Cricket was brought to the nation when it was colonized by the British. As everywhere that the British arrived in numbers, cricket soon followed and it is reasonable to assume that the game was first played on the island by 1800. The earliest definite mention of cricket in Ceylon was a report in the Colombo Journal on 5 September 1832 which called for the formation of a cricket club. The Colombo Cricket Club was formed soon afterwards and matches began in November 1833 when it played against the 97th Regiment.[3]

Throughout the 20th century, the game became increasingly popular in Sri Lanka. It was in the 1975 inaugural Cricket World Cup that they made their international debut. They lost to the West Indies by 9 wickets. They did however turn heads at the same tournament with an excellent display in their match against Australia. The national team won the ICC Trophy in 1979. On 21 July 1981, Sri Lanka was admitted to full membership of the ICC and was awarded Test Match status. The inaugural Test was played at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo in February 1982 against England but Sri Lanka lost by 8 wickets. Sri Lanka won the 1996 Cricket World Cup by defeating Australia. Sri Lanka won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 by defeating India.

Domestic competitions

Sri Lanka Cricket oversees the progress and handling of the major domestic competitions in the country: the first-class Premier Trophy, the List A Premier Limited Overs Tournament and the SLC Super Provincial Twenty20.

They also organize and host the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition focusing on provincial-level teams with pooled talent rather than on individual cricket clubs.

Leadership

Presidents

NameTenure
Ceylon Cricket Association (1914–1948)
Col. Dr. John R. Rockwood1914–1933
Edwin M. Karunaratne1933–1934
Chandrarajan Sivasaravanamuttu1937–1948
Board of Control for Cricket in Ceylon (1948–1972)
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu1948–1950
A. E. Christoffelsz1950–1952
Junius Richard Jayewardene1952–1955
Lt. Col. Sabdharatnajyoti Saravanamuttu1955–1956
1956–1972
Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (1972–2000)
Sai Senanayakerajah1972–1976
Maj. Gen. Bertram Heyn1976–1978
Dr. N. M. Perera1978–1979
T.B. Werapitiya1979–1981
Gamini Dissanayake1981–1989
Lakshman Jayakody1989–1990
Manane Chandrarajah1990–1991
Tyronne Fernando1991–1994
Anandarajasingh Punchihewa1995–1996
1996–1998
Thilanga Sumathipala1998–1999
1999–2000
Thilanga Sumathipala2000–2001
2001–2002
Hemaka Amarasuriya2002–2003
Sri Lanka Cricket (2003 – present)
Thilanga Sumathipala2003–2004
Mohan De Silva2004–2005
2005–2007
Arjuna Ranatunga2008
2008–2009
Somachandra de Silva2009–2011
2011–2012
2013–2015
Sidath Wettimuny2015–2016
Thilanga Sumathipala2016 – 2019
Shammi Silva2019–

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket beats the odds to return a surplus". Capital Media (Pvt) Ltd. Economy Next Sri Lanka. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (3 January 2016). "Thilanga Sumathipala elected SLC president". ESPNCricinfo.com. ESPN. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ See CricInfo re this club and its ground; see also Bowen
  4. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (12 August 2011). "Shelley Wickramasinghe dies at 85". ESPNCricinfo.com. ESPN. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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