ICC pitch consultant condemns Premadasa stadium in his report
Jul 28, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
While most things in Sri Lankan cricket are going right at the moment, there are a few pitfalls which they have to hop over before they become proud hosts of the World Cup. One such grey area is the historic R Premadasa Stadium, a World Cup venue which has invited criticism from the ICC’s pitch consultant Andy Atkinson.
The stadium is one of the glorious cricketing destinations of Sri Lanka, but all is not well with this stage. A report filed by the ICC’s pitch consultant Andy Atkinson raises a few concerns that need to be addressed before the venue hosts next year’s World Cup.
The issues that need to be addressed include - the inconsistent outfield which needs correction especially around the pitch block, a big section of the outfield is thin and patchy and requires a lot of work to achieve full grass cover.
The report suggests that there is a possibility of the new practice area might not be ready in time. But the worst of all is that there are apprehensions about pitch not getting ready until late October.