Cricket makes poignant return to Matara

Bangladesh’s three-day practice match at the Uyanwatte Stadium in Matara has as much poignancy for the locals, as it has importance for the visitors’ build-up towards a promising next few weeks.

This will be the first match of a Test-playing team at this ground since the 2004 tsunami that claimed more than a thousand lives and damaged more than 2800 homes in this town. The rebuilding process has been ongoing for the better part of the last decade, so in terms of cricket the revival has taken its first major step.

Before the disaster, Matara used to be a stopover for touring sides of all levels, since 1973 when a Pakistan Under-25 side took on Matara Sports Club. The last team to open the tour here was the West Indians in November 2001 Read more
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