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Cricket Foundation

Object of the Month July

Each month, we will showcase a new item of Heritage and explain it’s significance to Yorkshire Cricket.

Ceylon Cricket Poster

This modern reproduction of a pre-war poster used an image of cricketers to promote tourism to the then island of Ceylon, which changed its name to Sri Lanka in 1972.

Sri Lanka became the eighth Test cricket playing nation in 1982, having first played cricket as Ceylon in 1926-27. It won its first Test match under the leadership of Duleep Mendis on 11 September 1985 against India, winning by 149 runs at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in the capital, Colombo.

In a short time, the Sri Lankan team developed a talented and world-class batting side, achieving some notable successes in the 1990s, culminating in an ICC Cricket World Cup victory in 1996, and going on to be runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments. In between, it won the ICC Champions trophy in 2002 and latterly, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014. Sri Lanka also holds the world record for the highest team total in Test cricket.

England hosted the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup in 1975. Since then, the tournament has travelled the world and was last held in this country in 1999. In the 2019 edition, Emerald Headingley welcomes Sri Lanka – which has taken part in every ICC World Cup since it was accorded Test status – where it will play a South Asian `derby’ against India in July.