The tri-nation T20I Cricket series will go ahead in Sri Lanka as per the schedule despite state of emergency being imposed in the country, BCCI said on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 10 days to check the spread of communal violence, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Kandy district.
Minutes after emergency was declared, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting President CK Khanna spoke to the officials in Sri Lanka Cricket Board about the security of visiting Indian cricketers and the fate of the tri-series.
‘After talking to the concerned security personnel, 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 statement on Tuesday.
The dark clouds hovering over the tri-series are cleared as the Sri-Lankan authority has ensured adequate security arrangements in and outside cricket stadiums, the BCCI said.
Tri-nation T20I series — Nidahas Trophy — is being played to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of Independence. India and Bangladesh are the visiting teams. The first T20 match would be played between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo on Today at 19:00 hrs.
All matches are slated to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, with the final on March 18.