Galle International Stadium

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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The Galle International Cricket Stadium is one of only two grounds in the world that is sited below sea level (the other being the Bourda Ground in Guyana).

The Galle fort overlooks the cricket ground and provides one of the most picturesque backdrops in world cricket. The Indian Ocean fringes two sides of the ground which was extensively rebuilt by the Sri Lankan cricket board in 1996.

The first Test match at the stadium took place in 1998 when Sri Lanka beat New Zealand and it has traditionally been a ground that favours the spinners.

With that in mind Sri Lanka, who have a formidable record there, like to schedule it as the opening Test of a series, in an attempt to get off to a winning start.

However it will be a while before Galle sees another cricket match after taking the full force of the recent Tsunami leaving the stadium in poor state of repair and a lengthy repair ahead, but rest assured cricket will one day return to one of the most picturesque grounds in world cricket.

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