New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 2012-13 November 1, 2012

Rains hamper Colombo ODI preparations

Persistent rains throughout the country are likely to hamper preparations for the second and third one-day internationals between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo. The Premadasa Stadium, which is scheduled to host the matches on November 4 and 6, has been under covers since Saturday and there is no hope of preparing the pitches for the games.

"Half the ground is submerged under water due to the adjoining lake overflowing and the water on the ground is unlikely to subside till the lake waters recede," a spokesman for Sri Lanka Cricket stated on Thursday. "It will be a difficult task to get the pitch and the ground ready for Sunday's game. If the rains cease we might be able to prepare a pitch for the game on Tuesday."

Sri Lanka has been hit by unusual weather due to a tropical cyclonic storm 'Neelam' in the northern part of the country, which has resulted in strong winds and showers in other areas of the country. The first ODI of the five-match series in Pallekele was also abandoned without a ball being bowled.

In November 2010, the tour to Sri Lanka by West Indies was hampered by bad weather with all three Tests ending in draws.

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  • Lalith on November 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Why can't SL cricket cannot develop grounds in other part of the country like Rathnapura, Badulla, Baticaloa, Jaffna, Anuradhapura etc. Then we could have these matches played those places where rain would not affect. Lalith - North Ryde.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    there's a lake adjoining Khettarama? I thought it was a canal? or maybe now it's a lake after the heavy rains :D

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Stupid SLC arranging matches when there is flood all over the country-

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    better shift the games to Hambanthota, or dambulla whatever has less rain. unfortunately Dambulla ground has been forgotton

  • Rion on November 1, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Can they reschedule the game to a different part of the country if they know play will not be possible this far in advance?

  • Smith on November 1, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    That reminds me a few back when West Indies toured Sri Lanka, most of their games were also washed out in that same period I think.

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