Cabinet Spokesman’s comments on building the Country’s ’Largest’ Cricket Stadium bashed by Mahela!

Cabinet Spokesman’s comments on building the Country’s ’Largest’ Cricket Stadium bashed by Mahela!

18 May 2020 11:44 am

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena had stated that the country's largest cricket stadium yet is proposed for construction in Diyagama, Homagama. The constructions of the stadium is due on schedule and are expected to be undergone in two phases in three years. 

The location has reserved a 26-acre area for the stadium with facility to hold day and night matches and will allow 60,000 spectators to join the audience.

However, former captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team Mahela Jayawardena in a tweet has questioned the need to build such stadium when international or domestic first class matches are not played enough in the existing stadiums of the country.  

There are about 20 - 25 international matches are played annually, for which there are seven Cricket stadiums with the international standards in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, around 3 - 4 matches are played in one stadium.   
 
On the other hand, the Sooriya Wewa Stadium previously designated as the largest Cricket arena of the country has been abandoned without even playing the first round matches. In the backdrop, not only Mr. Jayawardena, but the entire country finds questionable as to what brings the need of building another one.