Cricket Grounds in Sri Lanka > Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Basic Facts about the Ground:
- Location: Pallekele, Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka
- Established: 2009
- Stadium Capacity: 35,000
- Owner: Sri Lanka Cricket
- Name of the Ends: Hunnasgiriya End, Rikillagaskada End
- First Test: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 1 – 5 December 2010
- First ODI: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 8 March 2011
- First T20I: Sri :Lanka vs Australia, 6 August 2011
- Curator: Asitha Wijesinghe
Brief History of the Ground:
Also known as the Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, after the great off-spinner who hails from Kandy.
The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium became the 104th Test Venue in the World when it hosted the 3rd Test of the series vs West Indies in December 2010.
The stadium has been modelled on the lines of the SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa. It was constructed by the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka.
Alongwith the new ground in Hambantota, the Pallekele stadium was the other one which was expressedly built keeping in mind the ICC World Cup 2011 which was co-hosted by the island nation.
The ground has now been chosen as one of the venues for the ICC World T20 2012 and will host as many as nine matches during the tournament in September and October 2012.
Pallekele Ground Records, Stats and Trivia:
- On 1 December 2010, Suraj Lakmal put both himself and the Pallekele Stadium in the record books with a unique record when he dismissed Chris Gayle. Lakmal got Gayle with his first ball, which was also the first ball of the first test match at the ground.
- Tilakratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga created a new world record for the highest opening partnership in a World Cup game when they added 282 runs for the first wicket against Zimbabwe on 26 March 2011.
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