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Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasurya’s objections force Sri Lanka Cricket to suspend construction of new stadium

The project of constructing a new 40,000-capacity stadium in Colombo has been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) according to a report by ESPN Cricinfo.

The government of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the country’s cricket board, had plans to build the largest cricket stadium in the country, to increase their chances of hosting ICC events, along with the other existing venues.

The construction of the stadium was expected to be completed within three years, costing around 30-40 million dollars.

However, former captain Mahela Jayawardene and ex-ICC match-referee Roshan Mahanama – had expressed criticism of the stadium proposal, and it is believed that these opinions helped change the government’s mind on the project.

A high-level government meeting took place on Thursday which saw the attendance of Jayawardene and Mahanama, along with Kumar Sangakkara, Lasith Malinga and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Post the meeting, the decision to suspend the stadium’s construction was announced.

About Sumedh Bilgi

Sumedh Bilgi is a one-time IPL winner and Digital Lead, Broadcaster and Commentator at cricketnews.com. Sumedh is a journalist by qualification who realised the in-coming digital boom in the early 2010s and worked his way up in accordance. In the past, he has worked with sporting properties like Mumbai Indians, Chennaiyin FC, Ultimate Table Tennis and with brands like Google Local Guides and more to host and produce digital content.

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