Sri Lanka Cricket Board defends proposed cricket stadium in Homagama

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board has defended the proposed cricket stadium in Homagama after the project was questioned by several people including former cricketers.

In a statement today, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board said that for a considerable period of time, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been on the watch and was exploring possibilities in acquiring a suitable land closer to Colombo to build a fully-fledged international cricket stadium with a view of accommodating 40,000 spectators, as the need has arisen with the popularity of the game of cricket and to best suit the demands of World Cricket.

A proposal was extended to the cricket by the Government of Sri Lanka allocating 26 acres of land in Homagama in order to build an international cricket stadium at the expense of the cricket board.

Yesterday, former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena had questioned the decision to construct another international cricket stadium in the country.

Jayawardena tweeted questioning if Sri Lanka needs another stadium when existing stadiums are not fully utilised.

“We don’t even play enough international cricket or domestic first class cricket in the existing stadiums we have … Do we need another one?” Jayawardena tweeted.

The cricket board said that in view of the diverse climate and bio conditions in the country, SLC has invested in international level cricket stadiums around the country, which is aimed at playing in different seasons taking into consideration the respective weather conditions.

SLC says it called for an expression of interest from reputed audit firms in Sri Lanka to carry out a feasibility study on the finances associated with the Homagama project along with repayments of the capital expenditure to be staggered over a period of 15 years.

“In view of the increasing demand for the game and especially due to the popularity of the short formats of the game, the need has arisen to cater to large crowds with easy access in an urban environment,” SLC said.

SLC also said that it should be noted that ICC has now afforded the opportunity for member countries to express an interest in staging the World Cup series in the respective countries for which it is expected to have at least five international level cricket stadiums in the country with a seating capacity of around 25,000 – 40,000.

“It is undoubted that Cricketing events of such magnitude will bring massive foreign currency inflow to the country which is an essential fact in today’s economy standpoint. Further, it is important to note that Sri Lanka Cricket has also expressed interest in the ICC’s request to host two ICC World Cup events which are scheduled to be held in the year 2023 to 2031,” SLC said.

Taking all aspects into consideration and after evaluating the completion of a comprehensive study on the project’s operational aspect and its financial feasibility, the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket will decide on how to proceed with investing in the project as the sole investor.

“It also should be noted that financial feasibility should assure the non-hindrance to the operational and other development projects which are currently engaged by SLC due to the commencement of the Homagama International Cricket Stadium project. As such, this project will be an absolute and private investment of Sri Lanka Cricket and no Government funds will be utilized and/or will be sought at any stage of the construction,” SLC said.udy on the project’s operational aspect and its financial feasibility, the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket will decide on how to proceed with investing in this project as the sole investor.

SLC said that it should also be noted that financial feasibility should assure the non-hindrance to the operational and other development projects which are currently engaged by SLC due to the commencement of the Homagama International Cricket Stadium project.

As such, SLC says the project will be an absolute and private investment of Sri Lanka Cricket and no Government funds will be utilized and/or will be sought at any stage of the construction. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. The corona virus was to have us fall on our back, and now this type of spending , the motive questionable, will have us fall on our face causing even more grave injury.

  2. If we need another international cricket stadium, I think it should be in the upcountry with a cool climate, Nuwara Eliya or Radella would be ideal. This will also cater to increased tourism as well as make our cricketers get used to play in cold climates.

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