Dambulla back as international venue

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The Dambulla international cricket stadium will be back as an international cricket venue with Sri Lankan Cricket deciding to host some matches of the New Zealand series in November at the venue.

Sri Lankan Cricket said that the decision was taken at the Executive Committee meeting of Sri Lanka Cricket this evening which was presided by the President of Sri Lankan Cricket Jayantha Dharmadasa.

Sri Lankan Cricket Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga briefed the Executive Committee on a discussion held with Most Ven. Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Nayake Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Rangiri Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya concerning the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

It was then suggested to upgrade or reinstall a new flood light system as per new ICC regulations at the venue.

Playing of International Cricket Matches will commence in the near future as day games until the lighting system is upgraded.

The Exco approved the proposal and the venue willl host New Zealand in November this year.

An Indian National Under 19 team is to Tour Sri Lanka in July/August 2013 for one 4 day match and five 50 over games.

The tour will begin with the first 4 day match being played at the Dambulla International Stadium.

The New Zealand national team will tour Sri Lanka in November 2013 for a 3 ODI and 2 T20 games. The 3rd ODI will be played in Dambulla.

The last ODI played at Dambulla was in 2010. Since then the venue has been neglected. (Colombo Gazette)

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