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What our cricketing greats did not say



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The proposal for a multi-million-dollar cricket stadium in Homagama, proposed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), was temporarily shelved by a Prime Ministerial directive.

It all began when Minister Bandula Gunawardane made a public announcement. Homagama being his electorate, he probably considered the project a useful vote-catching gimmick for the forthcoming parliamentary election.

The initial projected cost for the floodlit stadium with a 40,000-seater capacity amounts to US 40 million. The complex would include a natural turf wicket playing field, indoor nets, changing rooms, swimming pool, gym and a rehabilitation center, office space, and many other facilities. It would also include a VVIP box, an absolute must in this country, may it be in stadiums, theatres, or even aircraft. Funding would be by way of a bank loan to be repaid by SLC over 15 years from its earnings.

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