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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have announced that they will be installing four new turf pitches in former conflict-affected areas in the north and east of the country.
In a bid to show that they were serious, SLC installed a turf pitch and developed and ground at St. Patrick’s College in Jaffna in 2013.
“Within the next month or so we hope to start constructing four turf pitches at a cost of Rs 2 – 2.5 million each to two schools in the north and two in the east,” SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. “The north and east are areas we have identified that can produce a lot of cricketers. There is an enormous amount of talent there but due to the 26-year war, no development work has taken place and they have fallen behind.
“If you look at the Under-23 and schools-tournament performances you will see the vast potential that is surfacing.”
The new turf pitches will be installed at St John’s College and Central College in Jaffna, Hindu College in Trincomalee and Thiraimadu College in Batticaloa.
The pitches are expected to be completed within the first half of 2015.
Ranatunga also revealed that a joint project between Foundation of Goodness, Tokyo Cements and SLC has led to 30 concrete practice wickets being built in the northern part of the country over the past two years.
In order to continue promoting cricket in the conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka, Ranatunga stated that five more concrete pitches will be built in both the north and east.