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Rain forces shift of warm-up matches from Pallekele

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February 9, 2011

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Ground staff bring on the covers, Sri Lanka v West Indies, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 4th day, December 4, 2010
Pallekele has been plagued by rain since the West Indies tour in December © Associated Press
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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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Posted by kiri 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 Gayan on (February 10, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

warm-up matches moves to SSC ground

Posted by Sebi 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 carl 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 Ijaz 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 Deepak 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 Chamal 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 Lalith 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 Dummy4 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 Dimuthu 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

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

@sk089: Practice games should surely be less problematic to shift than actual ones. Secondly, so far venues have only been changed because there was no other option. Shifting the india ireland game to eden gardens would be a goodwill gesture and not a necessary action. Be reasonable.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

@sk089 crying over their about double standard. ICC inspect EDEN garden ground and it can never be ready by world cup. the whole ground was not built. we built the grounds n all we have to do is, make the pitch n ICC feels we can do it on time. thats wat this article says, in case u'll didnt understand.

u'll hosted the common wealth games wonderfully, ICC dont want the WC matches also to be like that. BCCI president said 'We aren't to blame for Kolkata debacle' , kolkata board says they r not, then who is? captain america?lol or the ICC? ICC was doing ground repair in kolkata? learn to take responsibility first

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

We Bangladeshi ppl want to see that Srilanka will succesfully arrange all the match without any interaption...GUD LUCK for Sriranka and Srilankan Team

Posted by Ravi Shankar on (February 10, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

The match can be moved to any other ground in SL or to India. India could not prepare Eden gardens on time but that is the only ground. But WC will be starting next week, so can not risk to shift the ground.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

pakistan was a better option indian concpiracy

Posted by Anjana on (February 10, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

@ hansie_gill_: instead that what about teaching some simple arithmetics to SA plyers, or if that is too heavy for them, teaching how to understand a simple table with numbers might work!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

mdrahman789 : don't worry .. sri lanka can manage that...

Posted by Derick on (February 10, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Ha ha ha ha. This laugh will keep away the rain clouds. INDIA'S CONSPIRACY??? BCCI'S MONEY POWER???

Posted by Malik on (February 10, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

Bad Luck for the team which are playing their most of the matches in Sri Lanka, there are more chances of wash out or rain effected matches D/L rules will be the key.

Posted by Soumya Kanti on (February 10, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

ICC double standards exposed. EDEN cannot even host India Ireland match on 6th of March because ICC says"That will be extremely difficult," Lorgat said. "A shifting requires all sorts of logistical changes which may not be possible in such a short duration." THEN how can matches scheduled on 12th and 15th Feb be shifted in such a short time? 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.

Posted by mohamed on (February 10, 2011, 3:39 GMT)

pls move all matches 2 ssc...............!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 3:29 GMT)

good decision .but pls shift those 2 matches one each to other two locations as all sri lankans would like to watch more cricket played here when we are heading to win WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 10, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

we got one year's rain fall in last 3 months...

Posted by Jay on (February 10, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

Sri Lanka is a tropical island. Such wet weather is not abnormal however during the world cup it could wreck havoc. This is where the ICC should be smart and keep spare days just in case. I have no faith in the Duckworth-Lewis and so do many cricketers. It's a failed way to devise equivalent score per wicket lost. The ICC needs a new way to make up for lost overs. I hate to see the D/L method come to play in this world cup. I hope all the Sri Lankan hosted games go through without rain.

Posted by md on (February 10, 2011, 2:04 GMT)

ya! give more matches to Bangladesh.their weather is fine.

Posted by Harjinder on (February 9, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Give more matches to BANGLADESH.We do not want the samethings as happened in SOUTH AFRICA in 2003. COME ON S.AFRICA .........GOOD LUCK 2011........MAKE IT >>>>>LIFT IT..............

Posted by Vikram on (February 9, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

South Africa should be allowed a practice match at this ground. That would let them practise their Duckworth-Lewis skills! ;-)

Posted by Ahmed on (February 9, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

I just pray and hope all matches in Sri Lanka go on with bright sunshine throughout!

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