In order to take the game to the isolated Northern and North Central Provinces of the country, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has planned to build two international level stadiums at Jaffna and Polonnaruwa. The board has ready allocated around Rupees (SL) 200 million on this project. The construction work for the Polonnaruwa stadium will commence very soon. In the case of Jaffna, SLC is still searching for a suitable site close to the main road so that people have easy access to the stadium.
“We have allocated Rs 100 million each for the construction of a cricket stadium at Polonnaruwa and one at Jaffna. The projects are due to begin very soon,” SLC secretary Mohan de Silva was recently quoted saying at ESPNCricinfo.
“There is tremendous enthusiasm generated by the Tamil diaspora for a cricket stadium in the north. The Jaffna District Cricket Association is taking all steps to make it a reality.
“We will initially construct the two stadiums as first-class cricket venues and later develop them into hosting international cricket matches. We want to develop cricket in the north and east and enhance the quality of the game in those areas,” de Silva added.
During Sri Lanka’s 30-year-long civil war, the Tamil-dominated Norther part of the country used to be known as a LTTE stronghold. The glitz and glory of cricket has never touched this part of the country.
However, since the end of the war, seven years back, the Sri Lankan government has focused their attention to carry out large-scale development work in this region and sports is one of their key priorities.