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Premadasa remains a memorable venue after Jayasuriya's 340 out of Lanka's 952-6 declared.
By hindustantimes.com | PTI
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2005 08:13 PM IST

Dambulla

Dambulla, the island's newest international cricket stadium, to people who know Sri Lanka, is an area which has been home to ancient kings and a centre of religion for the many Buddhists on the island.

Now, cricket has an equal foothold following the building of Sri Lanka's newest international venue, built at a cost of 190 million rupees.

It is Sri Lanka's fifth international venue, following the SSC and Premadasa grounds in Colombo, Galle International Stadium and the Asigiriya at Kandy.

The ground is built on land which was owned by a temple, called the Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya.

It is located among natural scenic beauty with beautiful flowing waters on one side.

The need for a stadium which was not subject to seasonal wet weather which affects other parts of the island was identified by Thilanga Sumathipala in May 1998.

With cricket revenue dependent on the sale of media rights, not the size of the gates for matches, it was imperative that Sri Lanka had a quality ground situated in the dry zone.

And so, the Rangiri Dambulu Stadium was born.

It will be the best cricket venue in Sri Lanka when the site is fully developed, and boasts a huge and modern grandstand, an up to date press box and magnificent dressing room facilities for the players. The outfield is lush and green, but promises to be lightning quick.


Colombo (SSC)

The Sinhalese Sports Club ground, previously known as Maitland Place, was originally the headquarters of Sri Lankan cricket when it opened in 1952.

It staged Sri Lanka's second Test and has a ground capacity of 30,000.

Colombo (Premadasa)

The Premadasa Stadium, also known as the Khattarama Stadium, is in the centre of Colombo's commercial heartland.

The ground, named after a former president of the country, can hold 40,000 people and hosted its maiden ODI (between Sri Lanka and New Zealand) 1996.

It remains the only ground in Sri Lanka with permanent floodlights, a key factor which enabled it to host the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2002/3.

Although primarily an ODI venue, it remains a memorable Test venue after one against India, in 1997/8 when Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 out of Sri Lanka's mammoth 952-6 declared.

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