Galle: The West Indies will be searching for its first Test victory on Sri Lankan soil when the two sides start a three-match series on Monday. The hosts, meanwhile, will be hoping to register a hat-trick of series victories against the seventh ranked Test team.
The teams have met in six Test series so far and each won two series at home. The other two were drawn.
Sri Lanka, currently fifth in the ICC Test rankings, attained Test status in 1982 but had to wait 11 years before its first Test against the West Indies, which was on top of the world rankings in the 1980s.
The first Test series in 1993 played in Sri Lanka disappointed the home crowd when rain and wet grounds curtailed much of the one-off series in which famous players like fast bowlers Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, batsmen Carl Hooper and Brian Lara participated.
The match was drawn after both sides had played an innings each.
West Indies hosted its first series in 1997 and won the two-match series 1-0 with the visitors managing a thrilling draw in the second match after losing eight second innings wickets.
Four years later West Indies toured the island and suffered a 3-0 whitewash from Sanath Jayasuriya's squad despite Brian Lara compiling 688 runs at an average of 114, including three centuries.
Seamer Chaminda Vaas with 26 wickets and spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan 24 wickets played dominant parts for Sri Lanka's success.
In 2003 West Indies won a home Test series 1-0.
Sri Lanka swept the West Indies again in a two-match series in 2005 and two years after drew an away series 1-1.
West Indies goes into the series under new captain Darren Sammy who has vowed to infuse "energy, passion and performance" to a side that has seen an alarming slide after dominating the cricket world in the 1970s and 80s.
With just eight Tests under his belt Sammy has succeeded 88-test veteran Chris Gayle who lost his leadership after a contract dispute with the cricket board.
Sri Lanka faces its first series after the retirement of Muralitharan who quit earlier this year with a world record haul of 800 wickets.