Still Trying

June 21, 2007 (AFP) – The tsunami-devastated Galle International Stadium may not be ready to host the first Test against England later this year. England are scheduled to play at the ground, one of the world’s most picturesque cricket venues, overlooked by a centuries-old Dutch Fort, at the start of December.

However, a senior official connected with the redevelopment of the stadium said Galle could be ready to host the third and final match of the series from December 18.

“There is work going on in the stadium and it may take longer than anticipated to complete,” he added.

The third Test is scheduled to be played in the central town of Kandy.

The Galle stadium has hosted 11 Tests, six of which have been won by the Sri Lankans. The ground has been a favourite venue for England’s Barmy Army fans. Several thousand of them attended England Test matches in 2001 and 2003.