England's second Test with Sri Lanka to stay in Kandy as fans relocated


The second Test at the Pallekele cricket ground was under jeopardy after accommodation issues

Sri Lanka Cricket says the second Test against England will go ahead in Kandy following accommodation concerns.

The location of the match was in doubt after a double booking meant there was no rooms for Sri Lanka and England players at a nearby hotel.

The Earls Regency, a 16-minute drive from the Pallekele cricket ground, had been fully booked by fan tour groups.

Sri Lanka’s government intervened, saying it was a “crisis of national interest”.

Faced with the prospect of the match being moved to Colombo, sports minister Faiszer Musthapha wrote to the hotel to ask them to release the required number of rooms to “proceed with the event without any hindrance”, adding that “the teams have to be in Kandy”.

The ministry said it had booked 69 rooms at three other hotels for England fans to be reallocated to, including the Jetwing Lake Dambulla, which is more than a two-hour drive from the ground.

It has been reported