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Published: Monday, July 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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SL confirms newest venue for tri-series
BCCSL to give alternate venue in July
Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket chiefs on Thursday removed the country's newest stadium as a venue for the ongoing triangular series amidst fears of protests by disgruntled construction contractors.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) said the matches involving the home side, India and New Zealand will not be played at the Dambulla International Stadium, 150 kilometrs (93 miles) north of Colombo.The matches, scheduled to be played on July 25, 26 and 28 have been shifted to the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, a BCCSL statement said."We have reliable information to indicate that interested parties are planning to disrupt matches of the tournament to be played at Dambulla," the statement said.It said the new management of the Cricket Board was investigating the payments for the controversial construction of the stadium at an estimated cost of some Rs 300 million ($ 303 million)."The dispute appears to have arisen as a result of non-payment to contractors and suppliers who provided services in the construction of the stadium," the Board said.The future of Dambulla as a cricket venue was uncertain even last month as the Buddhist clergy and the Cricket Board were divided on playing the triangular series there.The BCCSL had been in two minds after issuing a statement last month that no matches will be played at the Dambulla Stadium until a dispute over its ownership was settled.The Stadium was initiated by former head of BCCSL Thilanga Sumathipala, whose elected Board was sacked by Sports Minister Kiriella in March.