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Sri Lanka’s Costly Cricket Stadiums

February 20, 2014

The government had spent Rs. 413 million as administrative expenditure of seven cricket grounds during the past five years, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament yesterday. The cricket grounds were R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Welagedara Cricket Stadium, Surrey Cricket Ground, and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

Minister Aluthgamage responding to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake said that in addition to this sum, another Rs. 7054 million have been spent for these stadiums as capital expenditure.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pallekelle stadium in 2011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sooriyawewa Stadium with Pissu Percy up front

These stadia had received an income of Rs. 765 million during the same period, the minister said.

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ALSO SEE Michael Roberts:  Populist Politics and the Sooriyawewa & Premadasa Stadiums,” 10 March 2011, http://transcurrents.com/tc/2011/03/populist_politics_and_the_soor.html

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