Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka stadium to be rebuilt despite Warne failure

GALLE, Sri Lanka, Dec 26, 2006 (AFP) – Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne might have failed to deliver promised aid to rebuild the Galle stadium but officials Tuesday vowed to restore the picturesque venue.

The Shane Warne Foundation (SWF) told the Galle International Cricket Club in June that a fund-raising event had been a flop and thus the promised 50,000 dollars were not forthcoming.

Despite the letdown, officials in this southern Sri Lankan town, 72 miles (110 kilometres) south of Colombo, said they were hopeful of restoring the venue where Warne bagged his 500th Test scalp.

K. Mathivanan, the Secretary to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) interim committee told AFP that work had got underway and there were plans to hold a Test match during the England tour planned for late October-November 2007.

“We have been speaking to the Urban Development Authority and the Archaeological authorities on rebuilding the stadium,” he said.

He added that some of the reconstruction work in the indoor stadium badly damaged by the tsunamis had already commenced.

“The whole project is to cost 80 million Rupees (750,000 dollars) and Sri Lanka Cricket will fund it”, Mathivanan said, adding that P