International cricket set to return to Dambulla

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Dambulla will host an ODI in November

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed that international cricket is set to return to the Sri Lankan town of Dambulla after a drought period of three years.

The stadium has been deserted for three years after SLC and the nearby Buddhist temple, who own the land the stadium is built on, had a disagreement, which was reported to be around the sale of tobacco and alcohol.

According to these reports, the sale of tobacco and alcohol violated the lease agreement rules.

Dambulla used to host numerous day night matches in the past, but due to the fact that the floodlights now fall short of the minimum standards required by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the stadium will only play host to day matches in the future.

“It was suggested at the executive committee meeting to upgrade or reinstall a new floodlight system as per new ICC regulations in the future by SLC,” an SLC release said. “Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium will host one New Zealand ODI in November 2013.”

New Zealand were also involved in the last series played at Dambulla, in which they and India were beaten by Sri Lanka.

The stadium is one of the greatest assets SLC have since it is located in one of the country’s dry-zones, meaning that it is hardly ever susceptible to bad weather during matches.

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