Sri Lanka’s sports ministry want SLC to inject money into grassroots development

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“Nationally, there is no more important sport than cricket, and it’s vital that the opportunity to play is available to people everywhere”

Sri Lanka’s sports ministry have called on Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to divert 10 per cent of their revenue to help with the development of grassroots cricket from the start of next year, a ministry spokesman has revealed.

The country’s sports ministry want to ensure that “the opportunity to play is available to people everywhere”.

“We know that in Colombo and in many big schools, cricket is well resourced,” ministry spokesperson Harsha Abeykoon said. “But this will ensure that even villages and the provinces will have some sort of resources to support cricket. Nationally, there is no more important sport than cricket, and it’s vital that the opportunity to play is available to people everywhere.”

However, if SLC were to divert 10 per cent of their revenue to the development of grassroots cricket, it would further complicate their financial situation as their only home series next year is a limited overs series against England in November, which is set to consist of five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

But, SLC treasurer Nuski Mohamed has revealed that the board is highly likely to wipe most of their debt clean since they have requested a government grant of approximately LKR 3.2 billion (approx $24.6 million).

According to Mohamed, this request is still under consideration.

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