Asgiriya Stadium

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Asgiriya International Stadium, is a Cricket stadium situated in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Asgiriya Stadium is the private property of Trinity College, Kandy. It is around a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. The venue would usually be used when an international team toured Sri Lanka for a Test Match. Asgiriya became Sri Lanka's the second Test venue, after the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, when it hosted Greg Chappell’s Australian cricket team in Sri Lanka in 1982–83.

History

One of the ICC requirements for Sri Lanka to be granted Test status was to improve the infrastructure of its international venues. It was Gamini Dissanayake's idea, the former Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, then called the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka, to upgrade Trinity College’s cricket ground to international status.

The first cricket match at Asgiriya was against the Australian cricket team in Sri Lanka in 1982–83, becaming Sri Lanka's the second Test venue, after the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium. Test Matches were played regularly until the last Match, which was three years ago with the English cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2007–08. Sri Lanka won that Test, with Muttiah Muralitharan claiming his 709th Test wicket to go past Shane Warne as the highest wicket taker in Test cricket.

Sri Lanka’s first Test win at Asgiriya came in 1998 against...
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