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Post crowd violence in Pallekele: ICC seeks security assurance

29 August 2017 08:32 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft has reportedly sought security assurance from the Sri Lankan cricket board for the remainder of the limited-overs series against India following boorish fan behaviour during the third ODI in Pallekele on Sunday.

Irate fans, angered by the Sri Lankan cricket team’s continued poor performances, threw water bottles into the ground as India reached within eight runs of winning the match and sealing the five-match series.

Play was halted for over 30 minutes while riot police arrived and escorted fans in the grass banks. Both teams returned to finish the game.

A Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman said he had not received any specific information while adding: “He (Pycroft) may have generally spoken about it.”

A group of fans also blocked the Sri Lankan team bus following their nine-wicket defeat in the first ODI at Dambulla on August 20.

The next two ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 game will be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The stadium had witnessed a fight between two groups of fans in 2015, during a one-day international between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath had halted the game after a stone was hurled on to the field of play following a fight in the terraced area of the stadium while Sri Lanka batted.

While police stopped violent spectators inside the stadium, others were throwing stones from outside the venue. Play resumed and Pakistan went on to win the game.

  Comments - 6

  • Dulan Tuesday, 29 August 2017 08:57 AM

    Seems to be the only protest that JO and MR is not behind ! Or?

    Dee Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:42 AM

    I always maintained that we all are from Indian decent. So true!

    Dee Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:42 AM

    I always maintained that we all are from Indian decent. So true!

    Ordinary Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:30 AM

    You can not blame only the fans here. There is a limit for everything. Current administration and the selectors should resign without any further damage and let cricket be free of Politics. That applies to Arjuna as well. If he want to serve pls resign from politics and take over because you were a very good administrator. As we hear there is no discipline in the team and that need to be corrected.

    Anja Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:02 AM

    was security clearners not seeked before SL flying to pakistan in 2009 via DM Android App

    sach Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:39 PM

    When the whole country is in a defeatist mood how can we win only matches?


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