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
International Cricket Stadium. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in
Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honor the legendary Sri Lankan
The stadium was declared opened on November 27, 2009.
Location and background
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 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.
Facts about the Pallekele Cricket Stadium:
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
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.
Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium became the 104 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.
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