Matara Municipal Council throws in Rs 4.5 M to upgrade Uyanwatta
CRICKET: Matara's cricket set-up will get a new look, after the
agreement between Matara Municipal Council and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)
terminates in October this year after the Women's T20 World Cup matches
Matara Municipal Council will spend around Rs. 4.5 million and the
Sri Lanka Army will provide manpower for a new stadium that is expected
to come up.
There will be no fence to separate the football ground and the
cricket ground. The old buildings will be demolished and a new building
complex will come up that will be admired from one and all.
There will be a car park that can accommodate around 150 vehicles and
the entrance to the car park will be from Edmund Samarasekera Mawatha
and this road will be widened by another ten feet.
The Uyanwatte Cricket Ground will have 12 centre playing strips and
there will be five practice turf strips too - and these are expected to
be ready by October.
The Nawaloka Group will innovate the Nawaloka Pavilion and it will be
named after Deshamanya H. K. Dharmadasa - the late Chairman of the
Nawaloka Group of Companies who gifted the pavilion to the Matara
District Cricket Association.
A ceremony was held a week back to commence work on the modernisation
program at which Matara District parliamentarian Sanath Jayasuriya was
the chief guest.