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Ruhuna cricket team

For the Sri Lanka Premier League team, see Ruhuna Royals.

Ruhuna Elevens
One-day name: Ruhuna elevens
Captain: Mahela Udawatte
Colours:      Red      Blue
Founded: 1990
Home ground: Galle International Stadium
Capacity: 35,000
First-class debut: Wayamba[1]
in 1990
at Galle International Stadium
IP FC wins: none
IP LO wins: none
IP T20 wins: 1 (2011)
Official website: Sri Lanka Cricket

Ruhuna cricket team was one of the five provincial cricket teams that took part in Sri Lankan Inter-Provincial Tournament, representing Southern Province. The Ruhuna cricket team was based in Galle. It drew cricketers from Sri Lanka Premier Trophy. Team colors were Red and Blue. Ruhuna cricket team took part in all three provincial tournaments: the first-class cricket competition known as the Inter-Provincial First Class Tournament, the List A competition known as the Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament and the Twenty20 competition known as the Inter-Provincial Twenty20.

Ruhuna cricket team had participated every tournament since the inauguration of the tournament since 1990. Despite the team having been represented by many formidable international, national cricketers the team still to win a title in the Inter-Provincial tournament. Ruhuna was beaten by Wayamba cricket team in 2007/08 Inter-Provincial Twenty20 by 31 runs in the finals,[2] the only time the team was qualified for a final of the tournament. They however won the 2011 Inter-Provincial Twenty20 (by defeating Wayamba Wolves in the final), its first title that led to its qualification for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 qualifying rounds. Ruhuna Rhinos will play the qualifying round in Champions League Twenty20 in 2011 under the captaincy of Mahela Udawatte.[3] In the qualifying round, they managed a 4-run win over the Leicestershire Foxes, but they missed out on the tournament proper to Indian franchise Kolkata Knight Riders on net run rate.

In the 2009 Inter-Provincial Tournament even though Ruhuna's Upul Tharanga scored his maiden first-class double century, it was not sufficient to them qualify for the semi finals.[4] Basnahira South defeat Ruhuna by 4 wickets.[5] In the 2009 Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament's second semi-finals, Wayamba cricket team beat the Ruhuna in the bowl-out to reach the finals, after the match was affected by rain.[6] Eventually Wayamba went on to win the title, becoming the first team won the title twice.[7]


From the inauguration of the Inter-Provincial Tournament in 1990 teams were named in English. As a result, the cricket team of the Southern Province was known as Southern province. After a ten-year hiatus, the tournament was revived in 2003/04, with Sinhalese names given to the five teams, resulting in its renaming as the Ruhuna cricket team. It was named after Kingdom of Ruhuna, one of the ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka, the capital of which was situated in Southern Province.[8]


Early years (1990–2000)

Sri Lanka Cricket fearing that Club cricket alone would not be enough to keep Sri Lankan cricket competitive, the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament was created as a domestic first-class cricket tournament in Sri Lanka in 1990.[9] From the inauguration of the tournament, in 1990, participating teams varied from year to year. The tournament started with four provincial teams. They were Western Province, Central Province, North Western Province and Ruhuna.

In the first first-class Inter-provincial tournament, which was called the 1990 Singer Inter-Provincial Trophy, Ruhuna, then called Southern Province, captained by Upul Sumathipala, had come third out of the four provinces, losing one out of three of their matches and finishing the tournament with 10.1 points. Western Province went on to win the tournament, not losing a game.[10]

Establishment of Twenty20 (2000–2010)

With the establishment of Twenty20 cricket in 2003, it came to Sri Lanka in 2004 as the Twenty20 Tournament, however this was replaced with the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 in 2008. Wayamba won the 2007–08 Inter-Provincial Twenty20, which was the first edition of the tournament. They had won four out of five matches in the group stage and eventually won their way into the finals with Ruhuna. Wayamba won by 31 runs.[11]


Grounds and Sponsorship

Galle International Stadium
Location Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Opened 1876
Ruhuna cricket team (1990–present)

Galle International Stadium in Galle is the home ground of Ruhuna team. It is a cricket stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, situated near the Galle fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Before being brought up to international cricket standards, it was known as ‘The Esplanade’, and is the home ground of the Galle cricket club.

Hirdaramani, one of Sri Lanka's apparel industrial companies is the team sponsor.[12]


Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the most experienced players in the contemporary international cricket is the captain of the team.[13] Number of Southern province-born cricketers present the team such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Champaka Ramanayake, Lasith Malinga and Upul Tharanga. The top 75 players from the Premier Limited Overs Tournament selected for the Inter-Provincial tournament.[14]

Current Squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
4 Bhanuka Rajapaksa Sri Lanka (1991-10-24) 24 October 1991 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm medium
6 Mahela Udawatte Sri Lanka (1986-07-19) 19 July 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm off break Captain
21 Amal Athulathmudali Sri Lanka (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 27) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium
? Yashodha Lanka Sri Lanka (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 21) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast
5 Tillakaratne Sampath Sri Lanka (1982-06-23) 23 June 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm off break
7 Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka (1969-06-30) 30 June 1969 (age 45) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
9 Chinthaka Perera Sri Lanka (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
14 Shalika Karunanayake Sri Lanka (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
23 Janaka Gunaratne Sri Lanka (1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm off break
34 Milinda Siriwardana Sri Lanka (1985-12-04) 4 December 1985 (age 28) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
69 Arosh Janoda Sri Lanka (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
8 Kushal Perera Sri Lanka (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 23) Left-handed
17 Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka (1989-11-18) 18 November 1989 (age 24) Right-handed
2 Omesh Wijesiriwardene Sri Lanka (1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
24 Shihan Kamileen Sri Lanka (1990-09-30) 30 September 1990 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm off break
28 Alankara Silva Sri Lanka (1985-04-04) 4 April 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break

Source: Ruhuna

Notable players

Main article: List of Ruhuna representative cricketers

The following is a list of players who have represented both Ruhuna and Sri Lanka.[15]



Main article: Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament

First Class

List A


  • Inter-Provincial Twenty20: 1
2011 Inter-Provincial Twenty20


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