The Sri Lankan cricket team is the national cricket team of Sri Lanka. The team first played international cricket 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.
The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath, among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket in the last two decades.
Sangakkara has held the No. 1 position in the Test rankings for batsmen, and is on track to become the second-highest run-maker in ODIs. He also has over 12,000 Test runs, making the Sri Lankan one of the best batsman in cricket history. He is the only Sri Lankan cricketer who is highly sought-after by English counties.
Sri Lanka have won the Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), have been consecutive runners up in the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups, and have been runners up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2012. The team have won the ICC World Twenty20 championship for the first time in 2014. The 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 and Twenty20.