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Jayawardene questions need for Sri Lanka to build largest cricket stadium

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene

Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene has questioned the Sri Lanka government’s plan to build the country’s largest cricket stadium in Homagama, saying even the existing infrastructure is not used enough right now.

The government, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Cricket, on Sunday announced its plans of constructing the country’s largest cricket stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 and spread over 26 acre in Diyagama, Homagama.

“We don’t even play enough international cricket or domestic first-class cricket in the existing stadiums we have ... Do we need another one?” Jayawardene wrote on his twitter handle.

The site was visited by a delegation led by SLC president Shammi Silva and Information Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Minister Bandula Gunawardena. The stadium, which will have floodlight facilities, is to be completed within three years.

“We think this will cost us around USD 30 to 40 million,” Silva said.

A media release from Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday stated that as the R Premadasa Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 has been designated as the High-Performance Centre for Cricket they have explored the possibility of building an international cricket stadium closer to Colombo in Homagama with a similar capacity on a 26-acre land allocated to SLC by the government.

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Totally agree with Mahela, the money should be used to improve the facilities of the exixting stadia and improve the standard of domestic tournaments and school cricket. What a total waste of money!

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