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'Do we need another one?': Jayawardene questions Sri Lanka's plan to build country's largest cricket stadium

Mahela Jayawardene has questioned the need to build a 60-000 capacity stadium when Sri Lanka 'don't play enough' in the already existing ones.

PTI Reported by: PTI Colombo Published on: May 18, 2020 14:20 IST
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Mahela Jayawardene has questioned the need to build a 60-000 capacity stadium when Sri Lanka 'don't play enough' in the already existing ones.

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.

Sri Lanka currently boasts of eight international stadiums in Kandy, Galle, Colombo, Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekele and Moratuwa. 

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