The first Test Match in the new Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy begins.
The official opening of the new stadium took place under the patronage of Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake. Work on the new stadium was launched by a foreign firm in the year 2002.
However the construction was completed with the mediation of Sri Lanka Cricket. The expenditure incurred was 1.2 billion rupees. Among those present at the opening ceremony was Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket D.S. de Silva.