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6 March, 2018 08:15:01 PM
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Nidahas Trophy to remain unaffected despite emergency in SL

Independent Online Desk
Nidahas Trophy to remain unaffected despite emergency in SL

As a result of growing unrest between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Kandy, leading to clashes over the past weekend, the Sri Lankan Government decided to declare a State of Emergency for 10 days, on Tuesday (March 6), reports Cricbuzz.

President Maithripala Sirisena and the cabinet ministers held a meeting earlier in the day and arrived at the decision to issue a gazette notice with immediate effect. However, the Nidahas Trophy that kickstarts with the first T20I between Sri Lanka and India at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday, shall remain unaffected and go on as per schedule, confirmed the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, SLC CEO said, "The matches are being played in Colombo and will go on as per schedule." The Indian team management too issued a notice, stating the same. "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 tri-nation T20I series, being played to celebrate Sri Lanka's 70th year of Independence, involves the hosts, India and Bangladesh. All matches are slated to be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, with the final on March 18.

KK

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