With the strong belief that the development of the provincial cricket infrastructure and proper stadium facilities will uplift the standards of the school and local club cricket, the SLC has ear-marked projects for this year.
Special attention is given for the proposed International Cricket Stadium in Jaffna.
Mr. Sumathipala was accompanied by government officials, provincial and District Cricket Association members, technical support staff and Jaffna Police during last weekend’s the site inspection tour.
The identified two plots of land for this venture would be scrutinized by a qualified technical evaluation team to ascertain the quality of the basic requirements such as water, soil, power, environmental impact, road access etc.
The SLC President stressed the importance of selecting the most suitable and viable location with other important facilities to the players and general public such as easy access to the location, welfare, safety, facilities. He explained the unseen difficulties of maintaining the green grass and playing strips throughout the year and the recurrent expenditure involved for maintenance.
SLC has decided to set aside a budget of Rs 100 million to initiate this project in 2017 which would be completed by August 2022.
Over the weekend, Mr. Sumathipala also inspected the 45-acre block of land at the state-owned farm in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa to build a fully-fledged cricket stadium at a cost of Rs. 60 million.
(Pics : Lakbima)
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