Sri Lanka's new stadiums on track for World Cup

Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 13:32 [IST]
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ICC says Sri Lanka’s new stadiums ready

Colombo: The International cricket council has declared that new stadiums in Sri Lanka for next year's World Cup are on track to host international games before the start of the tournament.

Sri Lanka co-host of the World Cup 2011, along with India and Bangladesh will he holding 12 games at Colombo"s Premadasa stadium and at the newly built stadiums in Kandy and Hambantota.

“With the exception of the Premadasa stadium, others are on track to play a few first-class and international matches before the tournament starts next February," The News quoted Eugene van Vuuren, ICC"s Structural Engineer, as saying.

ICC Pitch Consultant Andy Atkinson, who is on a three-day inspection trip, said that despite Sri Lanka Cricket spending around eight million dollars to renovate and re-lay the pitch at the Premadasa stadium, it is a worry for him.

“I would like to get some games in to try out the pitch conditions before the big show next year," Atkinson added.

The other two stadiums to hold the games are Pallekele stadium in Kandy and Suriyawewa Stadium in Hambantota.


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