Colombo: The police curfew re-imposed on the Kandy district of Sri Lanka has, at least for the time being, not disrupted the Nidahas Trophy, a T20I tri-series also featuring India and Bangladesh, which gets underway in the country’s capital Colombo on Tuesday.
The Indian cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma, is in Sri Lanka to take part in the Nidahas Trophy Tri-Nation T20I series, involving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Police in Sri Lanka imposed a 10-day emergency to quell anti-Muslim violence after mobs from the majority ethnic Sinhalese population burned shops and homes in retaliation for a death that’s the subject of a dispute.
The first match of the series is scheduled to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. CK Khanna has said that the Sri Lanka Cricket board has assured that there will be no comprise on the security of the Indian players and has denied any possible threat to the match.
“There have been reports of curfew and an emergency being called in Sri Lanka. The situation in picture is 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,” the BCCI said in a press release.
Meanwhile, the violence in the Kandy district occurred on Monday after an ethnic Sinhalese man died in hospital after he was attacked by a group of Muslims.