Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium is a venue for cricket in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was constructed in the year 2009-10. This ground was constructed for Cricket World-Cup 2011. MRICS has hosted 2 league matches of the tournament. One of them was played between the local team Sri Lanka and Canada on 20th Feb 2011. Total capability of the ground is about 35,000 people. It also hosted three important matches for ICC T20 World Cup. The total playing area of this sports ground is 100 meters wide and 100 meters long. It has the facility of floodlights to organize day/night matches. Floodlights were installed in the year 2010.
The two ends of the stadium are Sooriwewa End and Thanamalwila End. It has a very good batting pitch. The curator of the ground is Mr. Ravi Dissanayake. It was declared as one of the home-grounds for Sri Lankan team in ICC World Twenty20 in the year 2012, with a projected expansion of massive 60,000 seats. The last match played here was on 25th of March, 2013. This match was abandoned. Most prolific batsman here are Kumar Sangakkara with total 436 runs whereas Thisara Parera is the most successful bowler with 11 wickets.