SLC seeks bids to upgrade venues

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has called for bids to upgrade some of the cricket venues in time for the T20 cricket world cup.

The cricket board is looking at improving facilities at the R. Premadasa stadium, Pallekele cricket stadium and the Mahinda Rajapaksa cricket stadium at Sooriyawewa.

According to a statement on the SLC website calling for the bids, improvements to be made include new dressing rooms for the players, uninterrupted power for the floodlights and temporary toilets.

The Twenty20 World Cup will be held in Sri Lanka this year from 18th September to 7th October.

This will be the first T20 cricket World Cup tournament held in an Asian country, the last three being held in South Africa, England and the West Indies respectively.

The format will see four groups of three in a preliminary round. India and England are in the same group and will be joined by one of the Associate or Affiliate teams that qualify.

The other qualifying team will be in a group with West Indies and Australia. Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are the other two groups.

Match fixtures were announced on 21 September 2011 by ICC. On the same date, the ICC also unveiled the logo of the tournament, named “Modern Spin.