Andy Atkinson who is the ICC pitch consultant has expressed his concerns over the progress of R. Premadasa stadium in Khettarama, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The stadium has been under renovation for the ICC World Cup 2011 starting in seven months with stands being demolished to accommodate more spectators, and according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) things were all going as planned.
Not so, it seems.
This is from ESPNSTAR,
A report filed by the ICC’s pitch consultant Andy Atkinson raises a few concerns that need to be addressed before the venue hosts next year’s World Cup.
The issues that need to be addressed include – the inconsistent outfield which needs correction especially around the pitch block, a big section of the outfield is thin and patchy and requires a lot of work to achieve full grass cover.
The report suggests that there is a possibility of the new practice area might not be ready in time. But the worst of all is that there are apprehensions about pitch not getting ready until late October.
Despite Atkinson’s adverse comments Sri lankan cricket board is confident of pulling it off before the deadline.
Earlier this month Arjuna Ranatunga complained about the construction at the venue as well,
Ranatunga made his onslaught on cricket corruption in Parliament yesterday and revealed that the shady environs of the Premadasa Stadium was also being raped by unscrupulous cricket officials who axed several teak trees in the name of restoration work ahead of the World Cup.
“Valuable teak trees have been felled and we don’t know where the logs were taken to. These trees were planted during the time of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa who built this stadium, said Ranatunga.