September 19, 2020 | 3:51 AM IST
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Sri Lankan former skipper Jayawardene questions need for biggest cricket stadium by government

A day after the Sri Lankan government announced its plan to construct the country’s largest cricket stadium, former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene has questioned the need for it. The government in collaboration with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that it plans to construct the sprawling stadium in Diyagama, Homagama in a 26-acre land with a seating capacity of 60,000.
On Monday, the former skipper, tweeted from his official handle, “We don’t even play enough international cricket or domestic first-class cricket in the existing stadiums we have ... Do we need another one?”
SLC President Shammi Silva along with Urban Development Ministry Secretary Priyantha Bandu Wickrama, Urban Development Authority Director General Prasad Ranaweera, and Technology and Innovation Minister Bandula Gunawardena visited the proposed site recently and finalised the site.

Silva, on Sunday, revealed that it would take around 30 to 40 million US dollars to complete the stadium. Going by the reports, it would take the stadium about 3 years to complete and will be equipped with the latest accessories and facilities as per the latest international standards. 
Currently, there are eight international stadiums in Sri Lanka. These include Asgiriya Stadium (Kandy), Galle International Stadium (Galle), Colombo Cricket Club Ground (Colombo), Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium (Hambantota), Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium (Dambulla), Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Pallekele), and Tyronne Fernando Stadium (Moratuwa). 

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