1996 World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga uses a remote control device to show media personnel visuals of a luxury apartment that will come in Sri Jayawardenepura in memory of the cricket achievement recorded 21 years ago. Also in the picture are former national cricketers Ravindra Pushpakumara, Pramodaya Wickremesinghe, Kumar Dharmasena, Aravinda de Silva and Asanka Gurusinghe | (Pics by Kasun Fernando)

Members of the historic 1996 World Cup winning cricket team came together in Colombo to unveil the building of a luxury apartment which will reflect the cricketing glory the country achieved 21 years ago.

The luxury apartment, which will come up in Sri Jayawardenepura, will be a towering tribute to the cricketers who won the cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga.

The apartment, titled ‘96 Legends Square’, will be built on a three-acre land with the structure, depicting a four bats and a ball. The 69-storey complex will have 300 luxury abodes where 14 distinguished members of that historic team will be offered a unit. These details were revealed to the media at a press conference held at The Hilton Hotel in Colombo in connection with the luxury apartment that will be built shortly.

1996 World Cup captain Arjuna Ranatunga speaks at the launch
1996 World Cup captain Arjuna Ranatunga speaks at the launch

Other features of this facility that might interest cricket fans and sports enthusiasts are a cricket museum, memorabilia shop, mini theatres, cinema halls, club house, food courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums, Jacuzzi, indoor games area, spa and sauna.

‘96 Legends Square’, once completed, will make it the first such monumental structure dedicated to the commemoration of the greatest sporting victory the country has ever experienced to date.

It was announced at the launch that these cricket legends have formed a charity to donate a percentage of the project towards the care of pre-test era national cricketers and the development of school cricket.

The apartment will also help boost tourism in the country and can serve as a cricket attraction. Additionally, it will attract overseas investors, cricket enthusiasts and a mix of high and local foreign corporate.  The landmark construction is a BOI-approved project and carried out by Wills Realtors Pvt. LTD.

It is interesting to know that ‘96 Legends Square’ will offer the services of both a cricket museum and a memorabilia shop, two facilities that a cricket-crazy nation like Sri Lanka very badly needs.

Members of that World Cup winning team have often featured in matches that have taken the form of reunions. But till this announcement about building a luxury apartment in their names was made, there has never been any occasion when anything of significant was put up on any of the popular cricket venues nor at the SLC in memory of the members of the 1996 national cricket team.