Cricket World Cup 2011

Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket

Stadium

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Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy. The stadium has been renamed as the Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honor the legendary Sri Lankan Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.[1] The stadium was declared opened on November 27, 2009.

 

Location and background

The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy.[3] 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 and is designed along the lines of SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa.

It has been built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup along with Hambantota International Cricket Stadium. The first Test Cricket match scheduled be played at the stadium will be between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from December 1 to December 5, 2010. The first One Day International match at the venue will be played between New Zealand and Pakistan on 8 March 2011. Pallekele is also the host for the Kandurata cricket team.[4][5][6]

 

Ground statistics

Facts about the Pallekele Cricket Stadium:[7]

  • Length of the stadium: 243 meters

  • Width of the stadium: 189 meters

  • Height of the stadium: 22 meters

  • Radius of the round from the boundary line: 100 meters

  • Length of the pitch: 90 meters

  • Width of the pitch: 10 meters

  • Outfield of the ground would be covered with Australian synthetic grass

  • Infield of the ground would be covered with Blue grass

History

2011 Cricket World Cup

The following 2011 Cricket World Cup matches will be played in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in the month of February, 2011. The first official international match would be between Pakistan and New Zealand on 8 March 2011. A total of three matches will be played at the venue during the World Cup.

8 March 2011

Pakistan 

v

 New Zealand

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Attendance:


10 March 2011

Sri Lanka 

v

 Zimbabwe

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Attendance:


14 March 2011

Pakistan 

v

 Zimbabwe

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Attendance:

 

 

Trivia

  • Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium became the 104 Test venue in the world in December 2010.[8] The first Test was played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from 15 December.

  • The stadium is Sri Lanka's eighth Test venue.

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