Aug 07, 2019

Concerns raised over pitch maintenance at Galle stadium

It is reported that the pitch and the surrounding ground of the Galle International Cricket Stadium have not been prepared properly before the first match of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Test Series.

Although under the usual process all the pitches were prepared before a test match, this time new clay has been only added to the 4 pitches in then middle while leaving two pitches on each side unattended and the pitches on each side have been used for cricket matches until the last moment.It has also been reported that the surrounding ground has also been used for matches and training carelessly, without allowing the grass to grow well.

ICC had previously issued red alerts on Galle International Cricket Stadium and under these circumstances such careless preparation prior to an international tournament is surprising.