Sri Lanka women's national cricket team

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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Cricket Cap Insignia.svg
Association Sri Lanka Cricket
Captain Inoka Ranaweera
Coach Hemantha Devapriya
International Cricket Council
ICC status Associate member (1965)
Full member (1981)
ICC region Asia
Women's Tests
First WTest Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan 
(Colombo; 17 April 1998)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODI Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands 
(Colombo; 25 November 1997)
Women's World Cup Appearances 5 (first in 1997)
Best result Fifth (2013)
Women's World Cup Qualifier Appearances 1 (first in 2011)
Best result Third (2011)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20I Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan 
(Taunton; 12 June 2009)
Women's World Twenty20 Appearances 4 (first in 2009)
Best result First round (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)
Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier Appearances 1 (first in 2013)
Best result Champion (2013)
As of 25 November 2015

The Sri Lanka women's national cricket team represents Sri Lanka in international women's cricket. One of eight teams competing in the ICC Women's Championship (the highest level of the sport), the team is organised by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sri Lanka made its One Day International (ODI) debut in 1997, against the Netherlands, and later in the year participated in the 1997 World Cup in India. The team has since participated in every edition of the World Cup, with a fifth-place finish at the 2013 event being its best performance. At the World Twenty20, Sri Lanka has likewise played at every tournament, although the team has never progressed past the first round. Sri Lanka played in its first and only Test match to date in April 1998, defeating Pakistan.



Sri Lanka's international debut came in 1997 with a three match ODI series against The Netherlands, which they lost 2–1. This was part of their preparation for the World Cup in India the following month, in which they reached the quarter finals, losing to England. The following year they hosted a tour by Pakistan, winning the three ODIs as well as what was the first Test match for both countries. It remains Sri Lanka's sole Test match. The Netherlands toured Sri Lanka again in 1999, and this time the Sri Lankans were much more successful, winning all five ODIs.


Sri Lanka finished sixth in the 2000 World Cup, and their next international engagement was against Pakistan at home in 2002, winning all six ODIs. They also won all six ODIs in an away series against the West Indies the following year.

In 2004 they hosted the inaugural Women's Asia Cup, which was reduced to a series against India after the withdrawal of Pakistan. They lost the series. The following year they again finished sixth in the World Cup. In 2005/06, they visited Pakistan to take part in the second Asia Cup, finishing as runners up to India.


In 2014, allegations of sexual abuse by Sri Lanka officials surfaced. Some players were apparently compelled to perform sexual favours for the officials in order to earn and/or keep their place in the national team.[1]

On 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka beat England in a pool match, which was a major upset in Women's ODI history. England are world's top ranked team and Sri Lanka is in underdog status, but this win gave a full of attention in World Cricket.[2] Sri Lanka women next beat India women and finally they finished as fifth in the rankings.

Tournament History

World Cup

  • 1973 to 1993: Did not participate
  • 1997: Quarter finals
  • 2000: 6th place
  • 2005: 6th place
  • 2013: 5th place

Asia Cup

  • 2004: Runners up
  • 2005/6: Runners up

Asian Games

Current international rankings

The ICC Women's Rankings incorporates results from Tests, ODIs and T20Is into a single ranking system.

ICC Women's Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  England 41 5,274 129
2  Australia 47 6,025 128
3  New Zealand 50 5,842 117
4  India 45 5,216 116
5  West Indies 39 4,011 103
6  South Africa 55 5,112 93
7  Pakistan 46 3,338 73
8  Sri Lanka 44 2,904 66
9  Bangladesh 19 704 37
10  Ireland 17 504 30
Reference: ICC Women's Rankings, ICC Women's Championship, 21 November 2017
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12-24 months since the October before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.


Test cricket

ODI cricket

Current squad

See also


  1. ^ "SLC to hold inquiry against abuse allegations". Cricinfo. 
  2. ^
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