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Rain forces shift of warm-up matches from Pallekele

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February 9, 2011

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The ICC has decided to move the two World Cup warm-up matches that were scheduled to take place in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, because of persistent, heavy rains that have hampered the preparation of the pitches. The decision was made following a recommendation from ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson, who inspected the venue today.

Pallekele was supposed to host the games between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands on February 12 and Kenya and the Netherlands on February 15. A new location will be announced shortly.

"The groundstaff at Pallekele have had to contend with an extremely high volume of rainfall over a number of weeks, far in excess of what is normal for this time of year," tournament director Prof. Ratnakar Shetty said in a statement. "This has proved to be a significant handicap in their efforts to produce pitches for the forthcoming warm-up matches.

"The decision to switch the warm-up matches away from Pallekele is common sense, and is one that is fully supported by all stakeholders as it will allow the groundstaff the time they need, following those recent heavy rains, to produce excellent pitches for the tournament matches that will take place there."

Pallekele is scheduled to host three matches in the tournament proper, beginning with the game between New Zealand and Pakistan on March 8. The other two games are Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe on March 10 and Pakistan v Zimbabwe on March 12. The decision to move the warm-up games does not affect the hosting of these matches.

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Comments: 28 
Posted by kktharan on (February 10, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

i know all the matches in SL will be washout by rain. its hard to get away with this...

Posted by gayansl on (February 10, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

warm-up matches moves to SSC ground

Posted by Waterboy_sixs on (February 10, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

such a small country, where the travelling is easy and not so long and the public like rubber stamp, anything is possible in Srilanka

Posted by carlafer on (February 10, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

here are other suitable locations to play these matches on, but no gurantee that there would be no rain, next time around hope Jaffna will be ready

Posted by jazz90 on (February 10, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

pakistan iz da team which iz going 2 affect badly by D/L method (if it rains)...bcz they r playng all there group matches in SL...so ICC wantz 2 consider this matter...

Posted by Bruisers on (February 10, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

I guess teams like Zimbabwe have got a chance of making it to the Q/F just in case some matches get washed out in the group stage..

Posted by chamalqif on (February 10, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

surely all the matches will be washed away. rain will not stop and it will move to Hambantota also.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 10, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

@SK089 Doing business in SL is much easier than in India. SL is much efficient that switching matches and handling logistics changes is very simple compared to inefficient India. India still have a lot of government red tapes whereas SL has opened the economy in 1977.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

sri lanka is not a good place to hold a world cup especially in these days because the atmosphere there is very bad. The recently series between sri lanka and wes indies has also been affected from this.

Posted by CricketPissek on (February 10, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

@ sk089 - there's a difference between the weather hampering pitch preparations, and eden gardens not having the stands (esp the roof), carpark, and road leading to the ground ready. the BCCI has made the ICC dance to their tune for years now, so stop acting like Kolkata was even CLOSE to being ready to host the match. These are practice matches that are being moved. Go lick your wounds, for you're surely hurt for the embarrassment. But stop being so damn bitte

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