R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium
Khettarama Stadium (until June 1994)
Former president Ranasinghe Premadasa
Khettarama End, Maligawatte End
R. Premadasa Stadium is a cricket stadium situated on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was, prior to June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues in which the Sri Lankan cricket team play, having hosted more than 100 one day international matches. It was also the stadium were the highest test score was scored for multiple sports activities.
The R. Premadasa International Stadium (known prior to June 1994 as the Khetterama Cricket Stadium, after the area of Colombo it stands in) was the brainchild of the late Sri Lanka President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this colossal 30,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in the country. Opened on February 2, 1986 with a limited-overs match between a Sri Lanka ‘B’ side and an England ‘B’ team, the stadium was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to the stadium. The inaugural one-day international was played on April 5, 1986 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. On August 28, 1992 it hosted its first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia. The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total – 952 for 6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997-98, in which the former Sri Lanka captain SanathJayasuriya scored 340 and RoshanMahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket. A new training centre was developed behind the stadium with 16 practice pitches and dormitories for the Academy which started in 2003.
Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium
Sooriyawewa End, Thanamalwila End
Home Team: Sri Lanka
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and hosted two matches, the first being Sri Lanka against Canada, on 20 February 2011. The stadium has a capacity of 25,000 people.
The proposal for a new International Cricket Stadium at Sooriyawewa was part of the government’s programme to develop sports in theSouthern Province of Sri Lanka as part of the government’s plan to transform Hambantota into the second major urban hub of Sri Lanka, away from Colombo.
The following 2011 Cricket World Cup matches was held in Hambantota International Cricket Stadium in February, 2011. The first official international match was between Sri Lanka and Canada on 20 February 2011, which Sri Lanka won by 210 runs.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
80.0m long, 75.0m wide
Yes installed in 2010
Hunnasgiriya End, Rikillagaskada End
Pallekele International Cricket also known as MuttiahMuralitharan International Cricket Stadium, is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy.
The stadium was declared opened on November 27, 2009. Pallekele International Cricket Stadium became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010. The first Test was played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from 1–5 December. The stadium is Sri Lanka’s eighth Test venue.
The five-storied media box provides all facilities for both print and electronic sports journalists to report proceedings comfortably. The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy. The Pallekele stadium is wholly owned by Sri Lanka Cricket and is set to displace the Asgiriya Stadium, which has hosted Tests from 1983 to 2007, as the international venue of choice around Kandy. The stadium was built by the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka along the lines of SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa.
The stadium has been built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup along with Hambantota International Cricket Stadium. The first Test Cricket match played at the stadium was between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from December 1 to December 5, 2010. The first One Day International match at the venue was played between New Zealand and Pakistan on 8 March 2011. Pallekele is also the host for the Kandurata cricket team. Pallekele International Cricket stadium host nine 2012 ICC World Twenty20 matches.
Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium
Press Box End, Scoreboard End
The Stadium is situated in the North Central Province, close to Dambulla, an agricultural trading town also famous for its ancient UNESCO protected Buddhist Cave Temples which date back to 85 B.C. Built in a stunning location, looking out over the Dambulla Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock, the 30,000-seater stadium was constructed in just 167 days with the inaugural one-day international match being played between Sri Lanka and England in March 2000. Was later starved of international cricket after complications with the lease – the 60-acre site was leased from the Rangiri Dambulla Temple – and the contractors. Situated in the dry zone, the original rationale behind the project – which was funded by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCSL) and championed by the then BCCSL President, Thilanga Sumathipala – was that it provided Sri Lanka with the potential to host one-day matches throughout the year. International cricket finally returned in May 2003, the venue staging all seven matches of the tournament because of monsoon rains in the south. The pitch is still bowler friendly – for the seamers in the morning because of the high water table and heavy sweating and in the afternoon for the spinners when the pitch can crumble. Floodlights were installed in 2003.
Galle International Stadium
Galle International Stadium is a cricket stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, situated near the Galle fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. Before being brought up to international cricket standards, it was known as ‘The Esplanade’, and is the home ground of the Galle cricket club.
The ground was built in 1876 as a race course. There was no permanent pavilion until 1892, when a ‘grand stand’ was built according to a suggestion of Mr. P A Templer, the then Secretary of the Galle Municipality Council. Eventually the racing ceased and the ground was used for cricket matches more than races. In 1927, the ground was officially declared as a cricket stadium.
The ground hosted its first first-class match on 29 February 1984. A turf wicket was introduced to the stadium in 1945 under the guidance of Mr. Dhanapala Lorensu Hewa who was then secretary of the Galle Cricket Ground. The assistance of the Colombo Cricket Club was also taken for this.
The ground was later upgraded to international cricket standards, and became the seventh international cricket stadium in Sri Lanka able to host Test matches. The first test match was played on the ground on 3 June 1998. It was played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, resulting in a win for Sri Lanka by an innings and 16 runs. The first ODI match was scheduled to be held on 25 June 1998 between India and Sri Lanka, but was abandoned due to the ground being waterlogged from overnight rain and heavy raining in the morning.
On 26 December, the ground was devastated by the tsunami resulting from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Most of the buildings in the stadium were damaged, and the ground was damaged substantially. In the weeks that followed, the stadium became a temporary shelter for hundreds of people displaced from the tsunami. A temporary camp and a helipad were constructed there in order to assist the survivors.
Renovation of the Galle International Stadium began on 8 May 2006. The renovation included several new buildings including a new pavilion and a media centre. The seating capacity was also increased. The re-constructed stadium was opened by Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan president on 17 December 2007. After the reopening of the stadium, the first Test match was held between Sri Lanka and England on the same day, which resulted in a draw. The Galle stadium is also noted for the fact that in 2010 it was the stadium that hosted the last match of arguably one of the best cricketer produced by Sri Lanka, Muttiah Muralitharan. Murali needed 8 wickets to reach the 800 mark and took his first casualty of the match and 793rd casualty overall was Sachin Tendulkar. He then took 5 wickets in the first innings of that Test match. Then in the second innings, he got 2 wickets quite easily, but then had to bowl a long spell to get his 800th wicket that was of Pragyan Ojha which was caught by Mahela Jayawardene in the first slip.
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
The Sinhalese Sports Club Ground one of the most famous cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. The Ground often cited as the Lord’s of Sri Lanka, hosting most domestic finals and one of preeminent international cricket venues.The ground staged its first test in 1984 against touring New Zealand team. The first One Day International played in 1982 against the England team. Sri Lankan team has an impressive test record here.
In 1899, after a combined school cricket team, composed mainly of cricketers from Royal College, S. Thomas’ College and Wesley College beating Colts Cricket Club by a one run decided form an all-Sinhalese club, and thus found Sinhalese Sports Club. The club leased a land in Victoria park with sandy soil and covered with cinnamon trees. The ground was next to the Lawn club and by the side of National Museum of Colombo and National Arts Gallery. In 1952 again club crown leased another 20 acres (81,000 m2) and shifted in to present location in maitland place, which was used as an aerodrome by the allied forces in World War II. Sri Lanka recorded their first ever ODI win, here, against a Test-playing country during the Asia Cup 1986, when they defeated Pakistan by five wickets.
Surrey Village Cricket Ground, Maggona
65.0m long, 70.0m wide
The stadium is situated in western province Kalutara district between Kalutara and Beruwela. Beruwela is one of the main tourist destination in Sri Lanka, most of the foreign cricket clubs come and play cricket in this ground, this is consider as one of the most picturesque cricket ground in the country. There is 8 international standard turf wickets and high quality outfield which is suitable to play international standard cricket.
Surrey Village cricket ground in Maggona was built after the 2004 tsunami catastrophe. After the tidal wave disaster Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) set up ‘Cricket Aid’ to help the affected parties. And they entered into an agreement with England’s Surrey County where they agreed to build a village with cricket background at a place affected by tsunami.
The fund raiser for Maggona ground in 2005 was an international cricket match between an Asian XI led by the iconic Sachin Tendulkar which included Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitheran while the International XI was led by Shane Warne.
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