By Brian Thomas
Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket Mr D.S.De Silva together with the Governor Of Central Province Hon Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Chief Minister of Central Province Hon Sarath Ekanayake graced the occasion. The clergy invoked their blessings, at the soft opening ceremony. The ground is well constructed and the outfield is spread with a special layer of grass namely “Santana Cooch”.This variety is of Australian origin and is sourced from the Victoria Golflinks situated close to the stadium.
National curator Anuruddha Polonowita who briefed the media stated that this venue has ten center pitches.
This picturesque venue will also have twenty practice wickets outside the ground, behind the main pavilion.
Pallekele will play host for two world cup matches in 2011.The final pace of construction of the pavilion will get underway shortly and it’s envisaged to be “State Of The Art”, with fantastic dressing rooms for the players, spectator stands and classy Media box with conference room facilities.
Mr D.S.De Silva chairman SLC, is of the view that clubs and schools in the central province will stand to benefit from this project, since these international facilities will be made available to any club or school on request.
Schools will be encouraged to play their matches at this venue hence the venue will not be restricted for international cricket only.
The construction of this stadium came to a standstill in 2003. The current administrators under the guidance of its chairman have done a sterling job in quickening the pace of construction from April this year.
Sri Lanka’s under 19 Chairman’s X1 team in preparation for the upcoming under 19 tri nation tournament played a practice match against the visiting Bangladesh under 19 team yesterday at this venue.
The pitch played well with the ball coming onto the bat and the Bangladeshi youngsters enjoyed their batting. The outfield was lightning fast…So SLC welcomes her new venue to the system.
For all those visiting Kandy, the Stadium is a must visit. It Takes around 20 minutes to get to Pallekele, so please get there and see for your selves the “ABSOLUTE BEAUTY”, in the hill capital.