Jayawardene questions SLC’s plan to build country’s largest stadium
Sri Lanka Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene has questioned the Sri Lanka government’s plan to build the country’s largest cricket stadium in Homagama. He said even the existing infrastructure is not used enough right now.
In collaboration with Sri Lanka Cricket board, the central government on Sunday announced its plans of constructing the country’s largest cricket stadium. The stadium with a capacity of 60,000 and spread over 26 acres 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.
The spot for the building of the stadium has already been selected and visited by a delegation led by SLC president Shammi Silva and Information Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Minister. The stadium will have floodlight facilities and this will take at least three years to complete.
“We think this will cost us around USD 30 to 40 million,” Silva said.
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 which will be the largest.
The former skipper questions the necessity of the lavishing cost on this big project. The skipper also laid importance to utilize the existing stadiums which is not used properly for many years.