Sri Lanka Announces Plans To Construct Largest Cricket Stadium; Mahela Jayawardene Responds

Sri Lanka Announces Plans To Construct Largest Cricket Stadium; Mahela Jayawardene Responds

Mahela Jayawardene, BPL 2017
Mahela Jayawardene. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the latest development, the Sri Lankan government in collaboration with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had announced its productive plans of building the nation’s largest cricket stadium with a maximum seating capacity of 60,000. The stadium will spread over 26 acres in Diyagama, Homagama.

Meanwhile, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene questioned the Sri Lanka government’s decision to build the country’s largest cricket stadium in Homagama, highlighting the fact that existing infrastructure is not used enough right now.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene. Credits: Twitter

We don’t even play enough cricket in existing stadiums: Mahela Jayawardene

Jayawardene said that neither international cricket not domestic first-class cricket are played in existing stadiums. The former legend thinks that building one more stadium is a waste of money.


“We don’t even play enough international cricket or domestic first-class cricket in the existing stadiums we have … Do we need another one?” Mahela Jayawardene wrote on his official Twitter handle.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene (Image Credit: Google)

The construction site was visited by a delegation led by Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva and Information Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Minister Bandula Gunawardena.

The stadium which will have floodlight facilities is to be finished within three years. Shammi Silva reckons that the overall project will cost around USD 30 to 40 million. It would be quite interesting to see how this move pans out.

“We think this will cost us around USD 30 to 40 million,” Silva said.

For the unversed, Sri Lanka currently comprises eight international stadiums in Kandy, Galle, Colombo, Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekele and Moratuwa.