Nidahas Tri-series 2018: BCCI announce no threat to Team India and first match to go ahead as scheduled

Sri Lankan government assured safety to the Indian team.

Team India is in Colombo for the 1st match | AP

Sri Lankan government has imposed a 10 day state of emergency due to communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the city of Kandy. There was news of the Nidahas Tri-series 2018 being in jeopardy, due to the current situation in the country.

However, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna assured that there was no threat to the Indian team, which is in Colombo for the first match of the tournament at the R Premadasa Stadium, which begins today.

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.

India TV contacted CK Khanna and he assured that Sri Lankan government had assured that the security of Indian team is paramount and that there is no 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.

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.

About 75 percent of Sri Lanka's population is Sinhalese who are mostly Buddhists while about nine percent is Muslim.


By Jatin Sharma - 06 Mar, 2018

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