Colombo, Mar 7: Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said that Ranagiri Dambulla cricket stadium will not host day-night matches but will continue to host international matches.
The stadium will be hosting matches against Pakistan and India as the two countries are scheduled to tour Lanka from May to August. Though it is considered as an international venue, Dambulla stadium has been excluded from the Twenty20 World Cup hosted by Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to begin in September 2012.
"The ICC ruled that it cannot be used due to the lack of a training venue within 45 minutes travelling range of the stadium," said Aluthgamage
He further said that the venue will not be hosting any day-night encounters in the future.
With an idea of hosting one-day internationals, the ground commissioned in 2001 has hosted matches throughout the year including the monsoon season.
Dambulla, which comes under the north central province's dry zone, records the least annual rainfall.
Interestingly, the last one-dayer played at the venue features India and Lanka in August 2008, after the venue was overlooked in preference of the two stadiums - the Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in Hmbantota and Kandy's Pallekele stadium.