SSC to host Pallekele’s relocated warm-up matches

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 00:39 AM IST

Bangalore: The two ICC World Cup warm-up matches that had been scheduled to take place at Pallekele, Sri Lanka, will now be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground in Colombo after persistent rain hampered the preparation of pitches in the original venue.

The matches will be day games and while Hambantota had also been considered as an alternate venue for those games, heavy rain in that southern Sri Lankan region also ruled out the option, the ICC said in a release.

The decision to move away from Pallekele had been taken by local and ICC officials following a recommendation by ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson after he inspected the venue yesterday.

It means that the matches between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands on February 12 and Kenya v/s the Netherlands on February 15 will be moved to SSC. This does not affect the three tournament fixtures scheduled to take place at Pallekele in March.

Pallekele will host three matches in the World Cup, starting with the clash between New Zealand and Pakistan on March 8, followed by Sri Lanka’s match-up with Zimbabwe on March 10 and concluding with the Pakistan v/s Zimbabwe fixture on March 12.