Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 June 14, 2012

SLC announces reserve days for Pakistan ODIs

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has made a provision for reserve days for the two remaining ODIs against Pakistan in Colombo. Pakistan made the request after the third ODI on Wednesday was washed out. The matches are scheduled for Saturday and Monday and rain is forecast for both days. The five-match series stands at 1-1.

"The next two ODIs will have reserve days," Nishantha Ranatunga, the SLC secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "There was a plan to shift the games to Hambantota, as it was the only area not experiencing rain at the moment, but due to logistical issues we had to drop it."

Only 6.2 overs in total were possible on Wednesday, leading the umpires to call off the game at around 8.40pm. A sharp shower curtailed play by more than an hour after the first ball was bowled, but rain returned shortly after play resumed. No play was possible after the second interruption. The first ODI in Pallekele was also interrupted by rain, but the match was eventually reduced to 42 overs a side.

Rain was always going to be an issue as the series was scheduled during the south-west monsoon. Parts of the southern coastal belt, including Matara, experienced gale force winds yesterday. Only two ODI series have been played in Sri Lanka in the month of June: the Nidahas Trophy in 1998 which had half its matches wiped out by rain, and the Asia Cup in 2010 which was held in the dry zone of Dambulla. However, no matches will be played in Dambulla on this tour.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | June 16, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    i am worried about the t20 WC.rain could spoil the tournament.

  • POSTED BY SyedAftab on | June 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Rain in a ODI is like advertisement in a good movie :)

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 16, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    if it was rainy season why didnt they scheduld these matches at dryer place first up? reserve days will not benifit. it may give result but start stop situation ruins all charm. & even who knows it will be finished in reserve days

  • POSTED BY PaksGrt on | June 16, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    You really can't have a Dome in Cricket as that will change dynamics of the game. Cricket is built upon surrounding weather conditions including wind, moisture and so on. Either you play away during that time or play in Dambulla.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    maybe a roof over premadasa stadium will solve the problem of playing cricket during the monsoonal season

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @ shreyanas bodhankar we have 1 in wales kindlley google it and check it plz .. we arent dat much behind frm aussies

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    well basicall referring to SamAsh07's comment about stadium domes. There is 1 in the world and that is in australia. The telstra Dome stadium. Now the debate could be as to why no other board especially the asian ones want to implement it.Also considering most matches in asia are played in rain season.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I agree to all who proposed for the stadium dome. Its a MUST HAVE thing for cricket as a 'no-match' is really frustratinggggggggggggggggg

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    if SLC hadn't made such an utter mess of the Dambulla stadium, these matches could have been hosted there along with Hamba which are both in dry zones. Mismanagement ftw..

  • POSTED BY MrChucker on | June 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Rain or dome there won't be any cricket. When it rains the game is washed out , build a dome and there won't be money to pay the cricketer's, they will all resign. Why not have a concrete pitch and players and umpires in raincoats, won't even need a drinks break. The poor umpire is going to get water splashed on his face when checking no balls like in the picture above.

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | June 16, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    i am worried about the t20 WC.rain could spoil the tournament.

  • POSTED BY SyedAftab on | June 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Rain in a ODI is like advertisement in a good movie :)

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 16, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    if it was rainy season why didnt they scheduld these matches at dryer place first up? reserve days will not benifit. it may give result but start stop situation ruins all charm. & even who knows it will be finished in reserve days

  • POSTED BY PaksGrt on | June 16, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    You really can't have a Dome in Cricket as that will change dynamics of the game. Cricket is built upon surrounding weather conditions including wind, moisture and so on. Either you play away during that time or play in Dambulla.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    maybe a roof over premadasa stadium will solve the problem of playing cricket during the monsoonal season

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @ shreyanas bodhankar we have 1 in wales kindlley google it and check it plz .. we arent dat much behind frm aussies

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    well basicall referring to SamAsh07's comment about stadium domes. There is 1 in the world and that is in australia. The telstra Dome stadium. Now the debate could be as to why no other board especially the asian ones want to implement it.Also considering most matches in asia are played in rain season.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I agree to all who proposed for the stadium dome. Its a MUST HAVE thing for cricket as a 'no-match' is really frustratinggggggggggggggggg

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    if SLC hadn't made such an utter mess of the Dambulla stadium, these matches could have been hosted there along with Hamba which are both in dry zones. Mismanagement ftw..

  • POSTED BY MrChucker on | June 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Rain or dome there won't be any cricket. When it rains the game is washed out , build a dome and there won't be money to pay the cricketer's, they will all resign. Why not have a concrete pitch and players and umpires in raincoats, won't even need a drinks break. The poor umpire is going to get water splashed on his face when checking no balls like in the picture above.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    I wonder how the cricket board is running its affairs in SL. Firstly what was the sense in allocating 3 ODIs to Colombo in this kind of weather and now to reserving extra day for the next two. Are the administrators so incompetent not to watch the weather forecast which is bleak for the next 5 days. I don't think we can have a completed match even with a reserve day. Best option was to shift the matches to a dry location and at least we would have a match rather than a no match at colombo, even with a lesser turn out.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 15, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Can we build a roof close stadium in Colombo. Then we can schedule any match wiout any problem. When we r going to loose we will open the roof. We will be first nation in Asia to build a roof close stadium.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 15, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Schedule for Colombo. Then extra day if washed out to be held in Hambantota. Then come back to Colombo for the next one. Then extra day to be held in Dambulla. Washed out pack and go to Dambulla Play and come back to Colombo.

  • POSTED BY Mfalme on | June 15, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    It may not be a big deal to have grounds in all four corners and the hill stations of SL. But the turnouts in most corners may not warrant the investment. Playing matches outside Colombo will not be financially beneficial. Hence, more variety could not be seen in the wickets when sadly more than one match is scheduled at any particular ground, which is unheard of in any other country. I wonder how matches played in Hambantota are financially rewarding compared to Colombo. Therefore, to beat the weather it is best to build an indoor cricket stadium in Colombo (despite losing the variation in playing surface) where all the matches, T20, one-dayers and test could be played / completed.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    i bought the tickets if change the place we no what to do

  • POSTED BY SamAsh07 on | June 15, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Cricket itself needs to enter the 21st Century by inventing Stadium Domes, that could be used to cover the skyview of the stadium thus preventing any rain from reaching the pitch. Why can't there be something like this?? Cricket is the only sport that stops due to Rain, it's frustrating. Get a Stadium DOME.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    its all about Sri Lanka cricket board they should think in advance before schedule any tour. they are the one to decide the venue of the games and they must consider the weather far cast in order to avoid such problems

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | June 15, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    It shows the IQ of the SL cricket administration. Reserve days should have been thought about for all matches played during the monsoons nadir. It took the practical Pakistanis to come up with the suggestion. I was one of the first to point out the dangers of the South West monsoon. It just took a very little elementary geography I learnt at junior school. Didnt Ranatunga attend school? Dambulla is a good choice yes...But it doesnt draw the big crowds & the revenue from ticket sales & advertisng the 'broke' SL board badly needs.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Matches should be moved to Hambantota or Dambulla

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    The cricket board have inform that people who has bought tickets for the 3rd ODI match, can use to come for the 5th ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    The cricket season in Sri Lanka traditionally is from November/December to March/April.The authorities must try to arrange tours during the height of the cricket season due to good weather conditions.The Dambulla International cricket stadium was built to accomodate matches that were to be played during the south west monsoon season. Unfortunately,the authorities have continuously opted to keep this venue out of their reckoning for reasons best known to them.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    hope pak will thrash them

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    why didn't they schedule any in Dambulla in the first place? it always attracts good crowds too.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    not much rain at pallekale now....!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    but wat about the people who bought tikets of that match at the colombo venue???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    having schedule cricket matches during the S.W monsoon season is a receipe for disaster .I think they should consider making a few ovals on the north eastern side of Sri-Lanka .....Trincomalee Batticoloa Amparai

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 15, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Surely shift the venue to Hambantota or Dambulla!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    This is the best news I've heard today. Thank God. I was already angry that the match was abandoned on Wednesday and when I read that rain is expected on the 16th and 18th again, I was furious. But I'm glad to know now that they are planning to have reserve days. Let's hope they can actually complete the series!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    good call after all the we are playing after a while and need to get more exposure !

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 14, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Well guys, I would like to bring something up. I was thinking about rotating Hafeez and Afridi in the batting order either when Pak bats 1st or last. Hafeez is a good builder but a terrible chaser. 10 overs are gone and Pak have put 15 runs on the board. How about letting Afridi bat at number 1 (In Hafeez's slot) and let Hafeez bat in Afridi's slot ONLY, when Pak chases. This assures that Pak gets a good start and there is no pressure for the batsmen coming in, as they will be influenced in playing their natural game. Hafeez batting in Afridi's NO. 6 slot, means that stability is given to the tail and Hafeez won't be scared of facing the newball, you can see fear in his eyes usually. But whenever Pak bats 1st, let Hafeez bat at NO. 1 and Afridi his usual spot. Afridi batting at NO. 1, shows that he can play like Gayle, Sehwag, or Watson. He's done this before for Hampshire. This is my view

  • POSTED BY kesasam on | June 14, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Another wise plan from our Sri lanka cricket. Why the hell on earth you have stadiums in dry zone (Hambanthota, Dambulla) and you plan macthes in colombo on rainy season.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 14, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    I would like to see Y.Khan being left out of the remaining 2 odi's. But i know this will not happen with the present think tank. So whe can only hope that he gets injured. The Selectors had planned it right with he was rested during the WI tour for the odi's and then selected for the tests, but he lost his uncle and flew back. Y.Khan has retired from T20, but he should retire from odi's also. He is a great Test player but he should realise his limitation in the shorter format. Abdul Razzaq or Hammad Azam should have been a part of the limited overs leg.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    U are planning for last 2 ODI (reserve days) but u will not like it to have in tests :D

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    it is a good news that they have decided reserve dates for next two matches.for yesterday's match that was cancelled they should have played it today.it was not raining today.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 14, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    At least the stadiums get a free wash. Just trying to find a positive from this ill advised itinerary. Why didn't they use Dambulla or another dry region?

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 14, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I don't get the point of this SRI-PAK Series I mean these two teams already played eachother in a full series towards the end of last year man no wonder Cricket is disliked by a lot of people. Cricket doesn't deserve this and rightfully belongs in the Top 3 popular Sports on the planet but series such as this especially washed out games can cause a lot of damage to this wonderful and exciting Sport.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    What will happened in Test matches.... :( In these days, only T20 should be played in sri-lanka... not oneday or test.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    what is a reserve day? Why dont they play in dambulla?

  • POSTED BY beeran on | June 14, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    whoever decided to have an outdoor activity at colombo in june,here's a glad news.you are in observation by nobel prize jury!!!

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | June 14, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Such a poor planning by Srilanka board. Why didn't they schedule the matches in Habantota in the first place?

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 14, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    It takes some time to develop wise ideas!!!!

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Going by this "reserve day" trend of the past in Sri Lanka, the reserve days are most likely to be washed out too..

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  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Going by this "reserve day" trend of the past in Sri Lanka, the reserve days are most likely to be washed out too..

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 14, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    It takes some time to develop wise ideas!!!!

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | June 14, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Such a poor planning by Srilanka board. Why didn't they schedule the matches in Habantota in the first place?

  • POSTED BY beeran on | June 14, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    whoever decided to have an outdoor activity at colombo in june,here's a glad news.you are in observation by nobel prize jury!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    what is a reserve day? Why dont they play in dambulla?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    What will happened in Test matches.... :( In these days, only T20 should be played in sri-lanka... not oneday or test.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 14, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I don't get the point of this SRI-PAK Series I mean these two teams already played eachother in a full series towards the end of last year man no wonder Cricket is disliked by a lot of people. Cricket doesn't deserve this and rightfully belongs in the Top 3 popular Sports on the planet but series such as this especially washed out games can cause a lot of damage to this wonderful and exciting Sport.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 14, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    At least the stadiums get a free wash. Just trying to find a positive from this ill advised itinerary. Why didn't they use Dambulla or another dry region?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    it is a good news that they have decided reserve dates for next two matches.for yesterday's match that was cancelled they should have played it today.it was not raining today.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    U are planning for last 2 ODI (reserve days) but u will not like it to have in tests :D