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Asia Cup matches could also be moved from Colombo to Hambantota

The Asia Cup matches beforehand scheduled in Colombo could also be relocated to Hambantota, because the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) scrambles to scale back the danger of matches being impacted because of rain. Hambantota usually receives considerably much less rainfall in September than Colombo and Pallekele, which is why there’s a push to maneuver the matches there.

Nevertheless, there are logistical issues with transferring matches to this venue on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. As it’s situated primarily in a jungle close to the small city of Sooriyawewa – a ways from any city centres – high-quality lodges are all not less than a 45-minute drive away. As a result of the potential re-scheduling has come late, it’s unclear whether or not organisers can safe sufficient rooms for the 4 groups and help employees, in addition to match officers, commentators, and broadcast crew.

An SLC official ESPNcricinfo spoke to on Monday, nevertheless, stated that logistics remained the one impediment to the again finish of the event being moved to Hambantota. In accordance with PCB sources, Hambantota has been signed off on because the venue.

Whereas Colombo has efficiently hosted limited-overs matches in September in the previous couple of years, the last few days have seen substantial rainfall within the metropolis, with flooding seen within the northern reaches of city, not removed from the Khettarama stadium. This rainfall, plus the washout of the Pakistan v India match in Pallekele, raised alarm among the many broadcasters and event organisers. Rain additionally impacted the India-Nepal fixture in Pallekele.

SLC officers stated they would favor the matches to stay in Colombo, if solely to keep away from a logistical problem. However they appear to desire the thought of transferring the video games to Hambantota, relatively than Dambulla, which is probably the driest venue within the nation. SLC officers declare it is because the floodlights in Dambulla usually are not ample to host the Asia Cup, although the venue hosted a day/night time ODI as lately as 2018.

The Tremendous 4 matches impacted by the schedule change are scheduled for September 9, 10, 12 and 14, with the ultimate to be performed on September 15. Hambantota most lately hosted two ODIs between Pakistan and Afghanistan on August 22 and 24.



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