Lanka army to run cricket stadiums

Colombo, Nov.4: The armed forces in Sri Lanka are to take over maintenance of the country’s most prestigious cricket stadiums.

According to the BBC, the country’s heavily indebted cricket board says it can no longer afford to carry out the task.

The sports ministry has announced that the army, navy and air force will each look after one stadium.

However, some Sri Lankans expressed concern at the move, with one opposition MP saying that the military was “taking over everything”.

The sports ministry said the army, navy and air force would do the maintenance work – and probably the security on match days as well – at one stadium each.

A member of the cricket board and former national player, Sidath Wettimuny, told the BBC this was because the board’s finances were so depleted. (ANI)