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Asgiriya Stadium

Asgiriya Stadium

india Updated: Dec 02, 2003 21:51 IST

Name: Asgiriya Stadium

End names: Hunnasgiriya End, Hanthana End

The Asgiriya Stadium is owned by a local school and the Sri Lankan team have to gain permission before entering the stadium.

Trinity College own the grounds surrounding the stadium and whenever the Sri Lankan team want to use the facilities, they first have to gain the permission of the school's headmaster.

In the past the Sri Lankans have been denied use of the facilities because the school's U13 team have been using the nets, hardly the best way for a team to prepare for a Test match in the modern world.

Which is why the BCCSL are looking into the possibility of building a new stadium in the country's second largest city. Plans have been drawn up for the construction of a joint cricket and football stadium, and it's hoped that work will start before 2003.

The Asgiriya Stadium was the scene of Sri Lanka's dramatic victory over Australia in 1999 when Jason Gillespie had his leg shattered after a collision with Steve Waugh.

Gillespie was airlifted to Colombo after the horrific injury which resulted in Australia ending the game with only nine batsmen.

Kandy is the capital of the hill country and lies 500 metres above sea level. It feels cooler to touring teams after the heat and humidity of Galle and the west coast.

Pitches here traditionally turn and it's the birthplace of Muttiah Muralitharan.

First Published: Dec 02, 2003 21:51 IST