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Basnahira North
One-day name Basnahira North elevens
Captain Thilina Kandamby
Team information
Founded Western Province
Basnahira North
Home ground R. Premadasa Stadium
Capacity 35,000
First-class debut vs Ruhuna cricket team[1]
in 1992
at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
IP FC wins 3 (1992, 2008–09, 2009–10)
IP LO wins none
IP T20 wins none
Official website: Sri Lanka Cricket

Basnahira North cricket team represents northern region of Western Province, Sri Lanka in first-class cricket tournaments. Basnahira North is based in Colombo. The team competes in two Sri Lankan domestic cricket competitions. The first-class Inter-Provincial tournament and the Twenty20 competition known as the Inter-Provincial Twenty20. The team also participated in, now defunct, the Inter-Provincial Limited Overs Tournament in 2007/08. From 2009 onwards champions of the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament will be eligible to represent Sri Lanka in Twenty20 Champions League.[2] But Basnahira North did not win the title in this year. The team draws cricketers from first-class club competition Premier Limited Overs Tournament. The top 75 players of the tournament selected for the Inter-Provincial tournament.[3]

Basnahira North's home ground is R. Premadasa Stadium, which is situated in northern part of city of Colombo.[4] E-wis, a Sri Lankan IT company is the team's sponsor. Many cricketers who had represented leading schools in Colombo ended up playing for the Western province. Current captain of the side, Chaminda Vaas[5] is a player who studied at the St. Joseph's College, Colombo.

2008/09 season

Basnhira North won the 2008/09 Inter-Provincial tournament beating Wayamba by 10 wickets in the finals. Angelo Mathews scored 152 runs in the finals and finished as the highest scorer in the tournament.[6] Earlier in the tournament Mathews also scored a career best 270 against Kandurata.[7] In 2009 Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament they managed to beat only the Schools invitational XI.[8] The team did not qualify for the semi-finals.

Name and participation

From the early years of the Inter-Provincial tournament to 2004/05 season teams used English names. But from 2007/08 onwards the teams were named in Sinhalese. From its inception of the tournament Western Province presented more than one team to the tournament except for 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons. Since then Western province teams became known as Basnahira North and Basnahira South. Basnahira is Sinhalese for West. Number of teams representing Western province varied from season to season and their names also. Teams represented Western Province for the each tournament given below.

Team Season
1990 1990/91 1992 1993/94 1994/95 2003/04 2004/05 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11
Western Province Western Province City, Suburbs Suburbs, North, South City, North, South Western Province North, South Basnahira

Notable players

The following is a list of players who have represented both Basnahira North and Sri Lanka.[9]

Current squad

The squad for the 2008–09 season as of 22 March 2009.[5]

Basnahira North current squad
Players Coaches
Nat. Name Age Pos. Bat st. Bowl st.
Sri Lanka Chaminda Vaas (Captain) 35 All-rounder LHB LFM
Sri Lanka Thilina Kandamby 26 Batsman LHB LS
Sri Lanka Amal Athulathmudali 22 Batsman LHB RFM
Sri Lanka Ian Daniel 27 Batsman RHB RM
Sri Lanka Daminda Darshanpriya 25 Bowler RHB RMF
Sri Lanka Shanuka Dissanayake 31 All-rounder RHB LO
Sri Lanka Nuwan Pradeep 22 Bowler RHB RFM
Sri Lanka Saliya Saman 23 All-rounder RHB RFM
Sri Lanka Nuwan Kulasekara 26 Bowler RHB RFM
Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews 21 All-rounder RHB RFM
Sri Lanka Dhanuka Pathirana 26 Batsman RHB OS
Sri Lanka Bhathiya Perera 31 All-rounder RHB LS
Sri Lanka Muthumudalige Pushpakumara 27 All-rounder LHB OS
Sri Lanka Kaushal Silva 22 Wicket keeper RHB
Sri Lanka Gayan Wijekoon 32 All-rounder LHB RM




  1. ^ "Singer Inter-Provincial Trophy, 1992". Cricinfo. 3 July 2001. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  2. ^ Cricinfo staff (24 May 2009). "Champions League expanded from eight to 12 teams". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  3. ^ Silva, Revata S. (2009-03-25). "SLC Inter-Provincial T-20 – 2008/09 Top ninety players in bang-bang cricket". The Island. Upali Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Domestic Season". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  5. ^ a b "Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Tournament, 2008/09". Cricinfo. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  6. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (25 March 2009). "Mathews, Pushpakumara help Basnahira North to title". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  7. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (18 February 2009). "Mathews 270 powers Basnahira North to innings win". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  8. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (31 March 2009). "Basnahira North limp to consolation win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  9. ^ "Tournaments in Sri Lanka". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2009-08-10. (Subscription required (help)).
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