The ground witnessed its first Test in 1984 against New Zealand whereas its first ODI match in 1982 against England.
Here we have one of the most significant sports grounds of Sri Lanka and above that the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket - The Sinhalese Sports Club Ground which is abbreviated as SSC. It is sometimes described as the "The Lord's" of Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese Sports Club owns the ground and has been playing their home-games here since 1974. Ground's pavilion was built in 1956, sponsored by Donovan Andree who was a leading nightclub entrepreneur. A giant scoreboard and large sightscreens were embedded to the ground in the mid of 70s and a commentary box and a media center was also added to the ground's facilities.
On 21st February 1996, the ground witnessed a significant World Cup match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in which the latter won by six wickets.
The ground also witnessed the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship's memorable moment when Mohammed Ashraful of Bangladesh scored his Test hundred and became the youngest cricketer to do so.
The ground has also hosted six group matches of ICC Champions Trophy 2002.
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