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Emergency in Sri Lanka but India's 2018 Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series to go on

PTI
Published Mar 6, 2018, 3:55 pm IST
Updated Mar 6, 2018, 3:57 pm IST
Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency for 10 days in the wake of communal violence, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in Kandy.
The 2018 Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, also involving the Indian cricket team, will continue despite the country plunging into a state of emergency following communal violence. (Photo: AFP)
 The 2018 Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, also involving the Indian cricket team, will continue despite the country plunging into a state of emergency following communal violence. (Photo: AFP)

Colombo / New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said the Tri-nation T20 series in Sri Lanka, also involving the Indian cricket team, will continue despite the country plunging into a state of emergency following communal violence.

Read: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency following Buddhist-Muslim clashes

 

The BCCI has confirmed that the "situation is perfectly normal in Colombo" where the tournament is taking place, hours before India were to take on the hosts in the opening fixture of Nidahas Trophy at the R Premadasa Stadium.

"There have been reports of curfew and an emergency being called in Sri Lanka. The situation in picture is in Kandy and not Colombo. This is to notify everyone that after talking to concerned security personnel (Ministerial security division - in charge of team security), we have understood that the situation is completely normal in Colombo. If at all there is any update on the same we shall notify," Indian team's media cell issued an official press note from Colombo.

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island's central district of Kandy.

BCCI's acting president C K Khanna told PTI: "The Indian cricket board is in constant touch with the Sri Lankan government authorities. The security is foolproof and we have been assured that there is no threat to the tournament. So the Indian team, as of now, will be playing the tournament."

The government decision to declare emergency came after a Buddhist man was killed and a mob set fire to a Muslim-owned shop.

In Sri Lanka, out of its 21 million population, Buddhists Sinhalese make up for  nearly 75 per cent, 13 per cent of the population are Hindus while Muslim community make up for around 10 per cent.

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