Important information for Pakistan fans travelling out to Sri Lanka for the Twenty20 World Cup 2012.
We at StaniArmy.com are here to offer our experienced advice on hotels, match tickets, excursions, guides/drivers, food and of course, match details.
Match Tickets :
These were due to go on sale on March 1st but have been postponed and are expected to be released at the end of March, but no date has as of yet been set. As soon as Stani Army has news you will be informed. Tickets will sell out very fast for this tournament as organisers are expecting this to be the most popular T20 World Cup ever.
You will have to purchase your tickets online as soon as possible for all games. We will be buying tickets for all our Super8 games which will be in Colombo, both Semi-Finals, and the Final (Insha’Allah).
As both our group games are in Pallekelle, which is very close to the hill city of Kandy, our members are advised to stay in Kandy. There are plenty of hotels for all budgets and even boutique hotels for the advanced taste. For upper tastes there is the Mahaweli Reach Hotel, slightly out of town but more luxurious and pricier. Hostels are available for the very basic budget traveller. Other options are available and Colombo hotels will be discussed separately in a later post.
With about 8% of the population being Muslims, there are plenty of Halal places to eat. Food is cheap so there shouldn’t be a problem in that aspect.
There are many guides in Sri Lanka and they are readily available to book either before you travel or after arrival. All the guides we came across on our last visit were professional and courteous. Most are very knowledgable, good speakers of English and will go out of their way to ensure your every need is met. We shall be booking the same ones we had before and can certainly recommend some if you require.
Sri Lanka is a fantastic country to visit with lots of culture and natural sites to see. From the hilly cooler climates of Kandy to the seaside city of Galle in the south. Some of our last excursions included a visit to the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya with jaw-dropping views from the top, a night climb of ‘Adams Peak’ – the 2243m high mountain, trip to a tea plantation and a working tea factory, and a visit to some waterfalls going right up to the base. On the cards for the next tour are a visit to the Elephant Orphanage, Galle Fort and the beach at Unawatuna where whale watching may be an option. A visit to The Golden Temple at Dambulla and to Horton Plains National Park where at the site of ‘World’s End’ there is a sheer 3700ft drop.
Pakistan’s first game is on Sunday 23rd September against New Zealand in Pallekelle. The next group game is also at the same venue on the 25th September. Pakistan is seeded number 1 in the group and if we qualify in either 1st or 2nd position, we will play all 3 Super8 games in Colombo* on:
Friday 28th September, Sunday 30th September and Tuesday 2nd October. God forbid we finish 3rd in the group
The Semi-Finals are on Thursday 4th October and Friday 5th October, both matches in Colombo.
The Final is on Sunday 7th October in Colombo.
There are two bonus matches you should be aware of which will also be taking place at this time. The T20 Women’s game between Australia and Pakistan will be on Saturday 29th September in Galle, and also the match between India and Pakistan will be taking place in Galle on Monday 1st October. Galle is easily reached from Colombo on a long day return.
It is very important to start your planning now. Match tickets are the most important priority and without these it’s pointless travelling out to Sri Lanka. Next, you should look to book time off from work or arrange cover. It will be difficult for students as this is during term time. Then, start checking booking sites for cheap flights as early bookings can secure you cheaper flights. Hotels should also be booked fairly early otherwise they may be fully booked nearer to the tournament start date. Start saving up now and try to convince as many of your friends to come along and get behind their team.
Stani Army will be there Insha’Allah and our wish is that you can join us in the stands and see Pakistan lift the cup once again.
We are here to offer any advice we can and if we can’t help you, then we will find someone who can. Your bookings will have to be done yourself as we are not here to make a profit from you but simply to assist you as much as we can.
Do make every effort to fly out to the World Cup to support your nation’s cricket team. Let us know of your plans below and any information you may feel will be helpful to fellow StaniArmy fans. Our aim is for all Pakistan fans to stay together, sit together and support together, creating the best atmosphere from all the supporters out in Sri Lanka for the 2012 T20 World Cup.
*Our thanks to Shaun for his help in providing us information via email.