May 19, 2020

Namal backs Mahela ; ICC says no loans sanctioned for new stadium

In a latest development with regard to the building of the new international cricket ground in Diyagama, Homagama, the ICC has stated that they did not sanction any loan for the construction of a cricket stadium in Sri Lanka.

Speaking to News 1st, an ICC spokesperson had further noted that there was no formal agreement or discussion on the matter.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and minister Bandula Gunawardena came under fire on social media after announcing that the country's largest international cricket stadium would be built in Diyagama, Homagama at a cost of millions of rupees.

In a statement, the SLC had said that this project will be an absolute and private investment of SLC and no government funds will be utilized and/or will be sought at any stage of the construction.

Former cricket captains Roshan Mahanama and Mahela Jayawardene are among those who openly voiced their criticism with regard to the move.

In return, they have become targets of slander and mudslinging online, especially Mahela Jayawardena.

A Facebook page apparently pledging loyalty to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is among those who have stooped low to take the slander to a personal level.


Mahela has a valid point - Namal

However, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa's eldest son - former MP Namal Rajapaksa has tweeted that Mahela has a valid point & should be given serious thought.

"Infrastructure development is vital for any sport but this shouldn’t have been a priority at a time like this.

@MahelaJay has a valid point & should be given serious thought. The authorities must always involve all stakeholders & get their opinion before taking the final decision," he has tweeted.


Meanwhile, his brother, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, echoed similar sentiments on Twitter. 

"The @OfficialSLC is our pride and joy. But considering the present health crisis we are in which has left the globe shattered, I personally feel large infrastructure projects such as constructing a new cricket ground is not the need of the hour. While these projects can be looked into later, right now if there are sufficient funds, SLC should look into developing the sport further by launching projects in areas that lack infrastructure that will enable to hunt for more talent. Adhoc decisions should not be made," Yoshitha has noted.


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