Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that the organization will be investing in the development of cricket in parts of the country where the game has been less exposed.
As part of this project to improve the standard of cricket in rural Sri Lanka, SLC has decided to construct six new cricket stadiums outstation, which is a project initiated by SLC president Shammi Silva. This could be a major step forward in developing the game at the grass-root level and has received the unanimous stamp of approval from the executive committee.
The new facilities will be built in the following cities
Ratnapura (Monarawila) Badulla (Municipal rounds) Jaffna (Mallakam ground) Polonnaruwa (National Stadium) Ambalangoda (Municipal ground) Hettipola
The grounds in Ambalangoda, Polonnaruwa, and Hettipola will be completed within the next three months while SLC hopes to complete the other projects within the next three years.
Sri Lanka Cricket will add ten center wickets to each ground in Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura, and Jaffna and also side wickets for training. The turf wickets will also be re-laid in keeping with the required standards.
Previously, Sri Lanka Cricket’s new stadium project in Colombo, which was proposed in May was suspended, following backlash from former players and the government’s rowing back of its commitment on construction