Why can't SLC board use Radella ground to prepare our team for pacey wickets

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Don't you think it is a good idea to improve the facilities at Radella ground and make it a training center with a pacey, grassy wicket which our players (both batters & bawlers) can use to practice before a non-SC tour?

Two other suggestions to improve our phase playing skills are;

  • Make it mandatory for clubs to prepare pacey wickets for premier league FC tournament
  • Send our young players like Mendis & Dhanjaya to play county cricket in England at least for couple of seasons (should enforce them to skip T20 leagues mean while).

What are the other suggestion to up lift SL cricket out side the island?

Milu (not verified)
The soil and heat in Sri

The soil and heat in Sri Lanka (it goes above 35C even in the hill country) make it impossible to replicate conditions in colder countries.

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Overseas stints!!

Definitely send the players overseas; Aravinda De Silva, Murali, Vaas all had stints in county cricket in the UK, and there's opportunity to get into first class cricket in Australia/SA as well. Would benefit the players and the team massively.

Sunny (not verified)
How is it impossible? The

How is it impossible? The average temperature annually is 16 degrees Celsius and the average high is around 20-22 degrees Celsius. Not the spring time temperatures we got in England but it is similar to the summer temperatures in England. Difficult to replicate but nowhere near impossible.

Milu (not verified)
Not sure when those averages

Not sure when those averages were measured but around noon time it gets hot especially during the dry season. Even a few hours of baking in the sun is enough to kill off the grass. You can water daily but during a match. To replicate bounce is another matter. If it was easy to replicate the bounce at Wanderers everywhere then all SA wickets would be like that. The Port Elizabeth wicket was not as bouncy and quick. So even the South Africans cant make every wicket in their country as fast as bouncy as Jo'burg.

But none of this matters. You can prepare on surfaces all you want but Rabada and Philander were good so you cant replicate that quality of bowling. Let us give credit to them and not make all kinds of excuses like thinking the pitch alone is the reason for our defeat.

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