View Full Version : England monitor Sri Lanka unrest

November 4, 2003, 10:28 AM
At least I am happy the BD tour has been smooth. Boosts our reputation and future task of holding international series.
Unlucky for Sl if this series is cancelled.


The England and Wales Cricket Board is monitoring the political unrest which has broken out in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga has suspended parliament and sacked three powerful ministers, plunging the country into crisis.

She also ordered troops to guard key installations, including the state television station.

England are due to arrive in the country on November 13 for three one-day internationals and three Tests.

John Read, the ECB's director of corporate affairs, said the situation in Sri Lanka was still in its infancy and that the board would monitor events.

"We need to establish the full facts of what has happened in Sri Lanka," he said.

"We are keeping in close contact with the Foreign Office on the matter and we will see how it develops. I'm not going to speculate on the future of England's tour."

A Sri Lankan official says England can safely play cricket there.

Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka spokesman Ray Illangakoon said the whole country was "looking forward to the tour."

President Kumaratunga is at odds with the government.

Her Sri Lanka Freedom Party, which is the parliamentary opposition, is concerned about the Tamil Tigers' proposals, for a self-governing authority in the north-east of the country.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who has a small majority in parliament, is in the US to brief President Bush on the negotiations with the Tigers.