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Premadasa Stadium still behind schedule - ICC

Cricinfo staff

June 7, 2010

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A panoramic view of the R Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Colombo, January 31, 2009
Work on the playing surface at the Premadasa is still not on track Manoj Ridimahaliyadda / © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, one of the venues for the 2011 World Cup, is still behind schedule in terms of readiness of the pitch. The ICC completed its routine three-day venue inspection in Sri Lanka and expressed satisfaction at the progress made in the two new international venues, Pallekele and Hambantota.

The Premadasa is the only ground in Colombo with floodlights, and Sri Lanka Cricket is spending eight million dollars to renovate the stadium and relay the pitch. The inspection team made a similar unfavourable progress report in February, when the ICC's pitch consultant Andy Atkinson said that work on the playing area was behind schedule. Four months on, he said the status hadn't changed much.

"Premadasa is a worry for me," Atkinson told AFP. "I would like to get some games in to try out the pitch conditions before the big show next year."

Eugene van Vuuren, the ICC's structural engineer, said good progress had been made at the other two venues. "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," van Vuuren said.

The Suriyawewa Stadium in Hambantota, on the Southern coast, is due to host its maiden first-class domestic match in July. The Pallekele Stadium near Kandy has held an Under-19 match.

Sri Lanka will stage 12 matches, with the Premadasa hosting seven, including the first semi-final. Hambantota and Pallekele will host two and three games respectively.


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