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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have announced that they planning to implement some massive upgrades at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
According to SLC CEO Ashley de Silva, the board are planning to build indoor nets, a swimming pool and a dormitory for the players that attend the national cricket academy.
It is understood that the entire project will cost around 100 million rupees (approx. USD $770,000).
“We hope to embark on preliminary work before the end of this year” de Silva told Sunday Times. “Hopefully we can put the plan together so that it will be ratified either in the next executive committee meeting or the one after that.”
Players and coaches have asked for a swimming pool to be built at the stadium for a while since those who want to swim have to travel all the way to Nondescripts Cricket Club or Sinhalese Cricket Club.
If teams cannot train outside due to heavy rain, they again have to travel to Nondescripts Cricket Club to use the indoor nets there.
The dormitory that is set to be built will accommodate approximately 30 players. This is good news for young cricketers attending Sri Lanka’s Max Cricket Academy that are not from Colombo since they will no longer need to make frequent trips back to their home towns.
As of right now, SLC do not know when the project will be completed.