Elephants pose threat to Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe ODI

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Sri Lanka is to deploy game wardens to stop wild elephants straying onto the pitch when the country hosts Zimbabwe for a series of ODI at the Hambantota stadium.

Experts will be on hand for all three ODI games at the 35,000-capacity stadium, which is next to an elephant sanctuary, a wildlife official said.

The stadium was built in 2009 under former president Mahinda Rajapakse, who was from Hambantota, but has hosted only a handful of matches because of its remote location and high maintenance costs. “There had been a few instances when elephants broke through the fence and invaded the pitch at night,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

“A jungle patch starts about 100 metres from the stadium and we are deploying 10 wardens to make sure that fans don’t stray into that area and provoke the elephants,” he said.

He said there was a herd of about 25 elephants roaming the area, 240 kilometres (150 miles) south of Colombo, posing a potential threat to fans.It is not the first time wildlife has disrupted games at Hambantota — swarms of wasps that have taken up residence there have also caused problems. The last ODI played at Hambantota was two years ago. Following a recent refurbishment, SL Cricket scheduled the final three ODIS against Zimbabwe at Hambantota.(AFP)

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  • Wedige Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:37 AM

    We should ask - Rajapakshes to look after them.

    Patriot Wednesday, 05 July 2017 01:21 AM

    Wild life Officials can set up an electric fence for elephants to avoid them entering to stadium area.

    vadda Tuesday, 04 July 2017 01:00 PM

    mahinda chinthana equals high expences low usage

    Srilankan Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:19 AM

    what a news?????????!!!!!! this shows the level of information steaming into the life styles of Sri Lankan's development

    SHM Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:31 AM

    Probably even the elephants are fed up of our sloppy fielding but someone must tell them despite we won the last match by 7 wkts and a newcomer taking a hat-trick!

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:44 AM

    DISPLAY A LARGE SIGN BOARD ........ " ENTRANCE ONLY FOR TAME ELEPHANTS "

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:46 AM

    NO NEED OF PAPARE BANDS, THESE ANIMALS HAVE REAL , NATURAL TRUMPETS,

    Kadiya Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:05 PM

    Or give them free entrance tickets!!!

    Roshitha Maidwell Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:59 PM

    People pose threat to Elephants.. , !

    chathura Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:53 PM

    Oh.. let them come to the stadium and watch the match... protect the pitch

    Meshach Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:25 AM

    let them invade the pitch in case we are loosing via DM Android App


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