New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13

Colombo ODIs moved to Pallekele

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 2, 2012

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Wet scenes in Pallekele, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Pallekele, November 1, 2012
The ground in Pallekele on the day of the first ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand © AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has moved the second and third ODIs in the ongoing series against New Zealand from the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to the Pallekele Stadium, because the Premadasa is under water after three weeks of monsoon rain.

Bad weather is forecast for both venues over the next two days, but it is expected to clear in time for the second ODI. The matches will be played on November 4 and 6 as scheduled. 
"The lake near the Premadasa Stadium has risen considerably due to rain and the water isn't draining away from the ground," SLC chief executive Ajit Jayasekara said. "We had sent out a letter to Ten Sports and New Zealand Cricket explaining the situation, and alerting them to the possibility of a venue change."

Sri Lanka is in the middle of its northeast monsoon, and the north of the country has also been battered by cyclone Nilam. The last time a tour was scheduled for November, all three Tests ended in rain-affected draws and the ODI series was postponed until the end of January. Both matches so far on this tour have also been rained out, with the first ODI on Thursday having been abandoned without a ball bowled. After the matches in Pallekele, the action moves to Hambantota for two more ODIs. Two Tests will follow, in Galle and at the SSC in Colombo.

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Posted by TORONTO123456 on (November 4, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

This is CRAZY decission by the SL cricket move 2 matches to Kandy ,if Kettarama not fit for the matches then they should have play the matches in SSC day match ( I heard current weather is in colombo perfect for play cricket match ) This is 100% I m agreed with reason comment made by Former SL Captian ARJUNA RANATUNGA says ,current SL cricket runing by the people who dosent play cricket ........

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Oh my god!!! please save today's match from Rain.... i want to watch full 50 over game...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

its true sri lanka managed world t-twenty pretty well, but there home series are very boring and non-intresting. i am pakistani and even i didnt enjoy the last series which took place in sri lanka. bad weathers, bad scheduling, dead pitches. sri lankan board need to do alot.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (November 3, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@Andre2 - Look Raj2000 meant "reign" not "rain". Read what he said again.

Posted by vivek_khyati on (November 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

moving the venue is a good move. following points can also be tried to avoid a washout when the threat of rain looms: - Reduce to overs keeping in mind the rain forecast. there is no point in having full 50 overs for one side and only 5-10 for other.. instead, initially itself reduce the match to some 30 over match.. in the only t20 match, in total 16 overs were bowled and still it was a washout.. had it been a 8 over match, we could have had a result..

- Start early, if possible. covert the day night match into a day match in such conditions, and as there is already facility of lights, the match can go on in lites too..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Seems like rains have passed away hope can have a full a game tomorrow

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

"The last time a tour was scheduled for November, all three Tests ended in rain-affected draws and the ODI series was postponed until the end of January." It's the same as having cricket scheduled for April in NZ, just beggars belief. I guess having common sense isn't a prerequisite for being part of the ICC scheduling committee.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 3, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Dont know how these monsoons work but I thought there were two gounds in the dry zone - Hamba and Dambulla. Not sure what has happened to Dambulla but if the risk is a washout anyplace that is less likely to be rained out is the go.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

i think that we will have a game tomorrow because itz sunny at here Kandy

Posted by Lermy on (November 2, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

I've never seen anything like the flooded stadium at Pallekele before. Looks like a stadium for jet boat racing. Bring on the roman galleys and fire boats.

Posted by ramz_01 on (November 2, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Its amazing rain cleared after 1st ODI wash out. no rain @all ere in kandy today. but not sure about Sunday da time 2ND starting. :)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Being a huge cricket fan i am thoroughly disappointed that there is no cricket played but the country was badly in need of this rain.. People were suffering in northern part of srilanka without water. Furthermore i live 45mins away from Dambulla and its raining heavily in that part too..

Posted by Andre2 on (November 2, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Answer to Raj2000 on (November 02 2012, 14:23 PM GMT) 100% agree with you. But for your last sentence, I would have written "In my opinion, ICC should take over the rain." (and not "the rein")

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

just as the matches are shifted, we had a Bright and Sunny day here in Colombo today. Ironic

Posted by Raj2000 on (November 2, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Clearly whoever is in charge of scheduling these matches isn't exactly a genius. Unless everyone is held responsible for these canceled matches, this situation will not change. SLCB should be fined heavily for every match canceled and that fine should be put aside to build an indoor stadium. In my opinion, ICC should take over the rein.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

The two monsoon seasons of Sri Lanka are south west monsoon from May to Sep and north east monsoon from Dec to Feb. But during recent times monsoon rains have not arrived on time. Going by the monsoon timings playing cricket in November looks ok. But at times there are very heavy inter monsoon rains during Nov causing flooding as well. I am not sure the rains we are experiencing now are those rains or early occurrence of north east monsoon rains. Sri Lanka have managed to play test series even during the peak of south west monsoon without rain interruption. Dambulla stadium is supposed to be having a problem with flood lights. Otherwise it is an ideal and safe venue to schedule matches.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 2, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@Srilanka and newzland,Throw your bats and balls..lets start surfing.....eagerly waiting to see the winner

Posted by 512fm on (November 2, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Can someone explain to me why they are even playing cricket there at this time of year? They seriously should have just had the series here in NZ the weather hasn't been that bad here lately.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Will have America's Cup in the Premadasa Stadium. Black Magic will definitely win.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

"Move it to NZ itself. Might escape from rain there" - Ha ha in my country, it rains every day. No escape here.

Posted by himohan007 on (November 2, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

The NZ players came all the way to watch different kind of swimming pools available in SL. How about having swimming competition b/w SL and NZ. I root for NZ especially Rosco

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 2, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Move it to NZ itself. Might escape from rain there.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

@ShehanJ: nice name, 'Monsoon tournament' lol. Or we could opt for 'The Rain cup', 'Downpour trophy', etc..

Posted by ShehanJ on (November 2, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

The Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Monsoon Tournament where matches will neither be played or completed while rain will be the winner of the tournament. ;)

Posted by St.John on (November 2, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Its like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. It will rain in Pallekele too. Why was the Dambulla stadium neglected? It was the only sporting area in SL that was relatively free from rain.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 2, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

what about a boat race instead of cricket?!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

What is the point of having matches in SL during November ???

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