Lack of grounds hampers school cricket in Kandy
Most of the cricket playing schools in the hill capital may run into
problems in playing their inter-school matches on schedule and may have
to either play their matches during the week or on their opponents
grounds due to unavailability of venues.
At least three grounds in Kandy are not available at present which
will put the pressure not only on the schools but also on the venues
St. Anthony’s College grounds at Katugastota is under repairs and may
not be completed before the end of the season. In any event this venue
requires an overhauling to make it fit to play important matches. Thus
the Autonians will be compelled to play their matches at the University
grounds, Peradeniya and their big clash against Trinity College at the
Dharmaraja College grounds at Lake View is still under repairs which
commenced two years ago.
The school authorities and the Old Boys with the assistance of the
Sri Lanka Cricket have done a good job and when completed it will
certainly be one of the most beautiful venues in Sri Lanka atop a hill
with a climb of nearly 1000 feet from the city of Kandy.
The grounds has been expanded by lowering it a little and a retaining
wall constructed towards the Kundasale side to prevent the washing off
of the soil during rain.
This was a very costly affair. It is understood that the planting of
grass has been completed in the grounds but this has to take root. This
grounds will be equipped for the first time with turf wickets. Here
again it will take time and this venue may not available for the current
this schools cricket season. Rajans may have to play their matches at
either Peradeniya or at Police grounds for the present.
Open Prison camp grounds at Pallekelle is presently under water with
the Mahaweli river which flows on one side overflowing its bank. This
being part of the Victoria Reservoir, the water levels will not subside
Last year too there was a similar problem and the waters remained in
the grounds for months causing damage to the grounds but the Prison
authorities quickly attended to the damages and made it available for
cricket matches. But to do anything the water level should go down which
is beyond their controls. This is also the cheapest venue in the hill
capital and the schools and clubs patronise it regularly.
At present Trinity College is the only school which is comfortably
placed with the Asgiriya Stadium available at their disposal with the
grounds being done up and the facilities upgraded for the recent cricket
test match between Sri Lanka and England.
There are indeed lucky to be blessed with a ground of this standard
which is the only school ground in the world which is a test venue and
whenever there is a test match Sri Lanka Cricket pumps large sums of
money to make it fit for the test match and some of these requirements
are not required for school matches.
Thus schools like St. Sylvesters College, Vidyartha College, Sri
Sumangala College, Sri Rahula College, Madina Central College, Al Ashar
College will have to depend largely on either Police grounds or the
University grounds along with St. Anthony’s College and Dharmaraja
College to play their home matches.
There is a deadline imposed to complete the Schools Lemonade trophy
cricket matches before the commencement of the Limited over matches.
Thus the schools will be hard pressed for venues. Some of the schools
have not finalised their school fixtures as they cannot find suitable
The problem does not end there as the two clubs from Kandy playing in
the P. Sara Trophy cricket tournament - namely Kandy Youths Cricket Club
and Kandy Cricket Club too will have to complete their matches before
the deadline with matches being played every weekend. Adding to the
problems will be that Division III cricket tournament of the Kandy
District is due to commence shortly in which at least 24 teams will be
It is evident from above that both clubs and schools are going to
have a hard time in looking for venues to play their matches and never
have they faced a problem of this magnitude.