The world’s highest wickets taker in Tests, Muttiah Muralitharan says all his family members are safe in Kandy.
Speaking a day after the Sri Lankan government declared a state of emergency, Muralitharan said, “Our countrymen are safe everywhere in Sri Lanka. There should be nothing to worry.
Muralitharan now lives in Colombo but his siblings and parents live in Kandy.
Murali, who recently returned to Sri Lanka after spending more than two weeks in India and the UAE, also rightly requested not to sensationalise the present situation in the country in the media.
His wife, Madhi, is presently in India.
The other famous Kandy cricketer is Kumar Sangakkara and he is in the UAE for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches and is scheduled to return by the end of this month, by when the emergency would have ended. In the meantime, Kandy’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium remained closed on Wednesday.
“As per police order the stadium is closed today and we are not aware when would we be allowed to open it. But everything is safe here in Kandy and there is absolutely no problem here,” Janaka Pathirana, the cricket chief at Kandy, speaking exclusively to this reporter, said.
In Colombo, everything seemed to be normal and the Bangladesh team have a “new motivator” Shakib ul-Hasan (he is on a short visit to Colombo and scheduled to leave for Australia on March 8) who had a practice session at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hasan Papon and a few directors are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka before the team’s important match against India on Thursday.
The Bangladeshi team also remained present during the opening ceremony on the first day of the
Nidahas Trophy. (Bipin Dani)
Sharon Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:54
You are a treasure to our motherland Sir. Thank you so much for showing the world the real Sri Lankanness..
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ANTON Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:09
YEP , WE HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED METHODS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH..... NOT JUST FLYOVERS.
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sobers Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:09
How come you could say everyone is safe, when so much of destruction has taken place in your neighbourhood Digana? Immaterial of which ethnicity you belong to, it is the Srilankans who have suffered. It is the Government and law
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NO Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:19
YOUR family members are safe. It does NOT mean all are safe. Open your eyes widely and see the destruction.
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Rasheed Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:20
Problem is not with tamils, you are safe because of your popularity, is the poor minority safe?
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Thera Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:59
That particular Minority? Why are they "not safe" in Burma? Indian Kashmir? in UK..? In US...? IN Paris...? In Madrid...? In Phillipines ? Everyone knows the answer. So Shut up
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Scooby Doo Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:52
Easy. People with good mentality will be troubled by everyone. They are pure.
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Chari Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:20
You are admired on and off the field. We salute you for the contribution to the Country.Wish you and the family peace, happiness and prosperity.
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SN Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:28
Why are you newsmen making him an international joker. Don't you have a better way to put it through.
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Chris Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:30
Are you a Muslim? What is the point of your statement? Were your family members safe in 1983??
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Daham Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:35
He is not a Muslim and as such, this statement is misleading.
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GOOD CITIZEN Thursday, 8 March 2018 12:01
Whatever the religion they maybe, all are humans. Be kind
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BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:40
"Our countrymen are safe everywhere in Sri Lanka. There should be nothing to worry" the less this fool speaks it is better.
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Nova Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:43
Why this person is making such a stupid statement? Is he living in another planet?
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lankan Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:58
you talk shit above all you look shit.
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Appu Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:05
This is how to speak about it being a public figure. Mahela, learn from Murali. Your shout out gave this incident really a good publicity specially among Indians.
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Mandayan Thursday, 8 March 2018 12:44
You all are safe but not the poorer.
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rogue Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:47
I respect him as a cricketer but this guy seriously needs to wake up wash his face and turn on the news
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