Once cricket was tagged and known as the ‘gentlemen’s’ game. The game was born and nurtured in England and it initially took root among the upper echelons of society. Until 1962 there was a clear divide between the gentlemen and the players – with gentlemen with amateur status as against the players who were professionals. Since then all cricketers who indulge in the higher forms of the game of cricket have become professionals.
Sri Lanka Cricket, which is reportedly still over US$ 70 million (Rs.9.1 billion) in debt, is about to venture into another Rs. 76 million expenditure on infrastructure development for the R. Premadasa Stadium, the Pallekele Stadium and the Hambantota Stadium.