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World T20: Four stadiums to host matches

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World T20: Four stadiums to host matches

Colombo, Sep 17: ICC World Twenty20 2012 will use four stadiums in Colombo, Hambantota, Pallekele and Galle. The tournament will commence on September 18 and end on October 7. 12 teams will vie for the trophy.

Colombo's R Premadasa international cricket stadium will host both semi-finals and the final.

Here is a guide to those four stadiums (all venue information provided by International Cricket Council)

Colombo - R Premadasa international cricket stadium

The 35,000-seater R. Premadasa International Stadium was established in 1986. Originally called the Khettarama Cricket Stadium, it was renamed in 1994 after the late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa. This is Sri Lanka's biggest stadium and was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple, adjacent to the stadium.

The venue hosted its first official match with an ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand played in April 1986. The first Test was played between Sri Lanka and Australia in September 1992.

One of four Test grounds in Colombo, the ground is best remembered for being the venue where Sri Lanka recorded the highest Test total in history - 952 for 6 declared against India in 1997, with Sanath Jayasuriya (340) and Roshan Mahanama (225) contributing 576 for the second wicket, the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket.

Galle - Galle international cricket stadium

Known previously as the Esplanade, Galle International Stadium is situated near Galle Fort, with the Indian Ocean visible on both sides of the ground. It was one of the most picturesque stadiums in the world before it was completely destroyed by a tsunami in 2004. For a time, the future of the venue was in some doubt, but international support from such luminaries as Ian Botham and Shane Warne (who had taken his 500th Test wicket on the ground earlier that year) led to a pledge to rebuild the ground from scratch. After being rebuilt, the ground reopened for the Third Test of England's tour of Sri Lanka in October 2007.

The first Test match played at the stadium was between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in June 1998.

Until the disaster, Galle had been something of a Sri Lankan stronghold, with six wins and two defeats in 11 matches, the majority of these engineered by Muttiah Muralitharan, who had taken 87 wickets in those games.
Training Venues

Hambantota - Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium

Established in 2009, the 35,000 seat venue was built exclusively for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The project to build an international cricket stadium in Hambantota with floodlights was approved in 2006 by Sri Lanka Cricket. The stadium is part of the massive Hambantota project, which includes developing a new sea port in the city.

The first ODI played at the stadium was a Group A match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between Sri Lanka and Canada. Two matches of the tournament were played here.

Pallekele, Kandy - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium was built for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. It has a capacity of 30,000, and was declared open on the 27 November, 2010. Sri Lanka Cricket acquired the stadium in 2006 to develop it into an international venue with floodlights.

The first Test match played at the stadium was between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in December 2010. The first ODI played at the venue was a Group A match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between New Zealand and Pakistan on 8 March 2011. Three matches were played here during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The first T20 match played at the venue was between Sri Lanka and Australia on 6 August 2011.

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