Sri Lanka suspends project to build new cricket stadium

Sri Lanka

Cabinet spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardana yesterday said no public funds would be used for the construction of the proposed global standard cricket stadium in Homagama and added it will be funded by the worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

Since March, when the number of cases started increasing globally, no competitive matches have been held.

The last taste of global cricket that the fraternity witnessed was in March when Australia took on New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Arthur has stayed back in the country to ensure he remains in close proximity to his players. The cabinet approval has been already obtained for this project that would help to raise Sri Lanka's sports sector to the global level.

There has been no clarity yet on India and Bangladesh's proposed tours of Sri Lanka in July and August, but that has not dented the working of Dabrera.

During an interaction with ESPN Cricinfo, Mickey Arthur claimed that their management had a quick meeting about getting their plans in place from the 1st of June.

"We are planning to start on June 1, with the bowlers".

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the board is in conversation with the SLC and they will ask players for their readiness before the confirmation of the tour. The key is for players to enjoy the environment, to feel they are valued and that they can trust the system. It is understood that once the clearance needs to come from their ministry of health to receive a boost to their plans.

Mickey Arthur was appointed as Sri Lankan chief coach in December 2019:"It is looking good with the health ministry, but it will be a smaller group". Once we get some assurances from the medical staff around the world that biosecure (environment) is fine and what the virus could do to you potentially if you got it.

Training will initially be limited to fast bowlers but Arthur hopes he can coach the full squad from June 20.



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