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It was a renowned Srilankan cricket administrator and a former first-class cricketer’s wish that the Museum would honor and strengthen the game of cricket and its servants,  its role was to ‘encourage and inspire the young people of Srilanka to serve their nation with courage, honor, and humility. 


The Museum has an abiding and ongoing obligation not only to fulfill this expectation but to continue to develop as a cricketing museum of international relevance. The collection, representing as it does the history of Ceylon Cricket in general. It is also a platform for many historical cricketing events. Therefore, the collection is the cornerstone of the Museum.




History for cricket in srilanka started by the 1880s as Ceylon national cricket team, which began playing first class cricket by the 1920s.

The Ceylon national cricket team had achieved associate member status of the international cricket council in 1965. Renamed as Sri Lanka in 1972, the national team first competed in top level international cricket in 1975, when they played against West Indies during 1975 world cup. West Indies won the match by 9 wickets at old trafford, Manchester England.

After Sri Lanka was awarded Test status on 21 July 1981 as eighth test playing nation, they had to wait until 6 September 1985, where Sri Lanka recorded their first Test win by beating India, in the second match of the series by 149 runs at the Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium ( Oval).

Sri Lanka registered their first ODI win against India at Manchester,England, on 16 June 1979. Today as a dominant cricket playing nation the country has won the 1996 world cup, co-champions in 2002 ICC champions trophy and also became five times Asian champions in 1986,1997,2004, 2008 and 2014.

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