Sri Lanka won the second edition of the SAFF Suzuki Cup in 1995 on home soil with a victory over India in the final. They have made the semifinals on four separate occasions including in 2008 when they jointly-hosted the competition with the Maldives. They are one of the first four original members of the competition.

Placed in Group B with its Indian Ocean neighbour, the Maldives, and India, Sri Lanka will begin its campaign facing fellow 1995 finalists.

After a sabbatical of almost 20 months from football, Sri Lanka fans will be delighted that their team will arrive in Bangladesh after some match-practice. They were invited to play friendlies in Lithuania, Japan and Korea.

Coached by Nizam Packeer Ali, Sri Lanka will hope that the pre-tournament preparations come in handy in helping to upset the established order at the SAFF Suzuki Cup.

Head to head in SAFF Suzuki Cup
vs India: 3D, 3L
vs Maldives: 1D, 5L

Match Report: NEPAL 0-3 MALDIVES
In a surprising turn of events, the Maldives, who hadn’t scored a goal until this game, put three past Nepal in the first semi-final...
Semi Final 1 Preview: NEPAL vs MALDIVES
Nepal will take on the Maldives in the first semi-final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018.
Semi Final 2 Preview: INDIA vs PAKISTAN
Defending champions India will face Pakistan, who were absent from international football for three years, in the second semi-final of SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018.
Final: Maldives vs India (Highlights)
Semi final: India vs Pakistan (Highlights)
Semi final: Nepal vs Maldives (Highlights)