The decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to move the venues of two World Cup warm-up matches that were scheduled to take place in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy due to continued heavy rains in the area, does not affect the hosting of the tournament matches, the ICC has asserted.
The ICC said the persistent heavy rains have hampered the preparation of the pitches for the tournament matches to be played on March 8, 10, and 14. Moving the warm up matches to a different venue will allow enough time for the ground staff to prepare the pitches, the ICC said.
An ESPNCricInfo report said the decision was made yesterday on a recommendation from ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson, who inspected the venue.
A new location will be announced shortly, the ICC said.
Warm up matches between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands on February 12 and Kenya and the Netherlands on February 15 have been scheduled at Pallekele.