Mahela hits back at SLC over proposed stadium

Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene has hit back at the Sri Lanka Cricket Board’s (SLC) response to concerns over the proposed cricket stadium in Homagama.

Jayawardene tweeted a 3-point message saying it is his none political opinion.

The former captain pointed out that Sri Lanka has hosted a T-20 World Cup and co-hosted a 50 over World Cup with existing venues.

He further said that the country first bids for the World Cup and if selected then with the financial assistance from the International Cricket Council (ICC), constructs infrastructure.

Finally Jayawardene added that a stadium is not built for USD 40 million hoping to secure a World Cup in 10-15 years.

His latest statement was in response to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board’s explanation defending the Government’s announcement on Sunday that Sri Lanka’s biggest cricket stadium is to be constructed in Homagama.

Cabinet co-spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardena, who inspected the land where the stadium will be constructed, had said the construction of the stadium, which had been suspended, will now resume, adding that 26 acres of land has been allocated for the project at Diyagama in Homagama.

In response to the decision, former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene on Sunday (17) questioned the decision to construct another international cricket stadium in the country.

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

Defending its stance yesterday (18), 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. (Colombo Gazette)


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