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Police used tear gas to control a clash between two groups of the Ananda and Nalanda Colleges in Colombo during their big match at the SSC ground, a short while ago, police said.

They said following the tear gas, students started to disperse peacefully. Security has been tightened in the area, police said.

On Saturday, the Police Headquarters announced that legal action will be taken against students and other groups who behave indecently during the ongoing big match season.
Police Spokesman SSP P.M. H. B. Siriwardena issuing a statement on Saturday said special teams have been deployed in Colombo and other major cities to look into violations of traffic laws and harassment of school students by the big-match aficionados.

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  • Lankaputha Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    I heard few years back two muslim schools postpone thr Big Match in kandy. due to indecipline act. Cricket is a gentleman game.. not thugs game. via DM Android App

    your mom Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    the real problem lies behind the admission criteria. these schools used to have strict criterias earlier, only students with good family backgrounds are taken. now the admission is so simple you can get in as soon as you pay more than usual donation. so all the vanaathayas ruin the school.. same with royal and Thomas. via DM Android App

    laughing stock Monday, 04 March 2013 05:17 AM


    Rohan Monday, 04 March 2013 05:06 AM

    Any ministers boys present?? Because those people are only boys in Sri Lanka.

    aqh Monday, 04 March 2013 04:59 AM

    i am not surprised the respect given to the elders from our younger generation has deteriorated something has to done about that. parents and teachers must take most of the blame.

    maneesha Monday, 04 March 2013 04:42 AM

    What do you expect.. When the rulers of the ountry let their own children behave like this and openly make statements like "Boys will be Boys". What do you expect seriously??

    Andrew Pitugaland Monday, 04 March 2013 03:59 AM

    BOYS WILL BE BOYS - Isn't is the Government policy ? Then why use tear gas? Let the fight go on while the match also goes on !!!!!

    Buffaloa Citizen Monday, 04 March 2013 03:34 AM

    The students of these two schools were also great participants in the 1983 riots. At that time, it was termed heroism and patriotism. Today these two schools have become the scum of the countries discipline, mainly catering to indiscipline and sheer corruption of the country.

    apsal Monday, 04 March 2013 03:22 AM

    Majority of Sri Lankan doesn't have discipline. it's not only in Schools, even in abroad.

    Channa Asela Monday, 04 March 2013 07:00 AM

    A good very example for all the cricket loving school children. Hats off to you guys !!!

    Lankaputha Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    yes... i hv seen many of the comment.. boys will be boys.. and its normal... dont you think that decipline shud be taught at school level. if the decipline taught at schools then we will hv educated decent politicians instead of thugs.. via DM Android App

    truth Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    this gasess are due to media advantages..nothing to wory sumthing like de halaal scenario wat hapnd in that hot topic our mahinda increased the fuel our lankans are sin. via DM Android App

    S. Harindra Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Those were the good old days when parents went for big matches with children. Is it still enjoyable and safe? via DM Android App

    Elakiri Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Big matches means clashes for a cheeththa redda. There have been clashes in the past. But tear gas and rubber bullets were never used. Obviously, this will be the future of Sri Lanka. Clashes and clashes every where. Miracle of Asia. via DM Android App

    HRK Sunday, 03 March 2013 06:31 PM

    In that case dear, they fight every year...AC-NC fought just this year and we shall make sure that it won't repeat...

    Pubudu Sunday, 03 March 2013 06:31 PM

    Laughing out loud at Janaka and to all the guys who have talked to follow Royalists and Thomians!!!And feeling so poor about them because it seems they doesn't know a thing about big matches and the history of the big matches!!!Ananda & Nalanda had the most discipline in big match history until this happened and this is the 1st time these two schools have clashed in this way,I've seen more bigger fights between schools during the big match sessions in previous years continuously...But yea these things shouldn't have happened in future!But then again like most people have commented above i'd like to say ''Boys will be boys''

    Duracharya Sunday, 03 March 2013 06:27 PM

    This is really sad. As an Old Anadian I am really sad. Our time we had enough naughty boys coming from all corners of the country but never an incidence like this. We had big matches in P Sara . not in SSC. But our discipline was so high and both schools never been fighting.MInd you we used Nalanda grounds for Ananda matches. Nalanda dressing room was our team dressing room when we played with visitors. All blame should go to two principles and Prefects of both schools.

    King of wanathey Sunday, 03 March 2013 06:16 PM

    Learn from Trinity :p

    Amr Rizwie Wednesday, 06 March 2013 06:27 PM

    Shame on Cricket.. Real gentlemen will never fight for a silly reason.. Shame on both the schools.

    Annon Wednesday, 06 March 2013 06:20 PM

    This shows hows the standard of the school.. Specially the Anandians :O #ayyosalli

    kumudu Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:27 PM

    sunartha darretha charratha before appamado amathapadn

    MMJ Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Um, RoyTho. Actually Ananda dis go trucking in year 2010, only issue is, the school they chose to come was Royal.:-) via DM Android App

    Ananda Seneviratne Monday, 04 March 2013 04:06 PM

    This is disgusting! I think the 2 Principals should take the responsibility. Shame!

    peterite Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    SPC is much more deciplened via DM Android App

    Rata Haraka Monday, 04 March 2013 10:26 AM

    Only when vip's sons fight or beat other people up, 'Boys will be boys'. When the common mans sons fight, tear gas and police and what not. What's good for the Goose is obviously not good enough for the Gander. Welcome to the 'Miracle of Asia'.

    Warna Sunday, 03 March 2013 06:05 PM

    Why should other schools suffer bcoz of indiscipline of two schools. In our big match Joe-Pete we don't have even have separate tents even. We stay together and cheer both schools and most importantly we cheer good cricket and sportsmanship. I have being to Joe-Pete big matches in past 15 years and we never had a fight. And we love to hang out and get to know guys from our brother school.

    lankan Monday, 04 March 2013 08:46 AM

    Shame on you guys.

    laughing stock Monday, 04 March 2013 08:43 AM

    pubudu you cant say that boys will be boys and calaim that anandians have never fought before thats just BS !

    laughing stock Monday, 04 March 2013 08:37 AM

    The old anandians who were gentle men are no more the present bunch of anadians are just hooligans and thugs !

    Observer Observer Monday, 04 March 2013 08:06 AM

    They were only undergoing Military Training, as most of them join the Armed Forces, on leaving school. The dropouts are also trained to repeat, what they did during the 1983 riots. I do not agree with the saying Boys Are Boys. In the good old days things of this nature occurred.. Boys are the ones that participated in those matches too.

    Ravi Monday, 04 March 2013 07:54 AM

    Mr Media Minister why don' t call the police and tell them not interferer in boys matters. You understand better than any one else in cabinet.

    chathuranga Monday, 04 March 2013 07:58 AM

    Royalists....! dont forget... Ranil W is from Royal... so dont even think about boasting yourselves..............

    Anver Sunday, 03 March 2013 02:17 PM

    Such minor incidents are common during big matches and everything becomes normal in a few days. Tear gassing or arresting should be taken only as a last resort. BOYS WILL BE BOYS!

    Silva Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:36 PM

    This is part of big match last day, keeping some memories who leaving the school.....

    MountainLion Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:36 PM

    I agree with you. A lot of boys from these two schools join the forces. This has been the case for decades. I am an old boy of one of these schools and at school related functions there is three minute silence observed for the once who left us.

    janaka Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:35 PM

    Shame the situation in the country is getting bad to worst. President please ask the Police to give a Full report and ban the Big Match between these two school for next 5 years.

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:33 PM

    Sad. First time I have ever heard Tear Gas used in a school Big Match.

    MountainLion Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:27 PM

    I was at the match. It was a typical case of indiscipline tricking down to the schools. There is no rule of law and discipline in the country starting from the top. It is time for a change and a big one before it is too late.

    MountainLion Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:25 PM

    May I add Thustain College, we Sri Lankans have short memories.

    Budhist Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:20 PM

    Ban the inter school cricket tournaments

    Game Kolla Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:18 PM

    These school children are following footsteps of children of VIPs( Boys will be Boys)

    RoyTho Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:22 PM

    Yeah why cant they behave like royalists and thomians ?
    Cause Royal n S Thomas knows as classy schools that is the main thing

    Lal Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:42 PM

    According to Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, 'Boys are Boys and if someone hits them they will hit back'. So why make a big fuss when two groups of boys from two schools did fight at the Cricket Grounds. Is it comparable with a Ministers son and fifteen others hit an innocent man who had come to have a sea bath with his family?

    ranjan Sunday, 03 March 2013 02:10 PM

    national schools....but no discipline (where it is)????

    Nuke Sunday, 03 March 2013 02:09 PM

    Boys are Boys now-a-days with mostly parents belonging to the Forces and the Ruling clan, the poor boys show off their inherited powers. Do not take these seriously.


    rumi Sunday, 03 March 2013 01:54 PM

    do you need solution- cancel big matched- peaceful

    Lalindra Sunday, 03 March 2013 01:59 PM

    What's the big fuss about? Boys will be boys.

    ANTON Sunday, 03 March 2013 01:52 PM


    observer Sunday, 03 March 2013 01:55 PM

    Welcome, you must be new.... because this has always been the case.

    mack Sunday, 03 March 2013 12:00 AM

    spoilt brats.future politicians in training via DM Android App

    straight record Sunday, 03 March 2013 12:27 PM

    Sad. What does it say about the current atmosphere in the country?

    Charith Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:48 PM

    Last year more than 50 Royalists were ARRESTED for jumping into a girl school.
    In the one day match also there was a huge brawl.

    Sad that you have missed the last year's Royal Thomian match

    banda Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:58 PM

    mate none in the last 2 decades? you gota be kidding me :P no need to go back 2 decades bro, 2 months would be enough to notice that Kusal Janith Perera a product of Royal played for the national team. Go back a few years and you would have Jehan Mubarak and the list goes on

    RTA Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:51 PM

    Right now there are two in the team. Jeewan Mendis from STC and Kusal Janith Perera from RC

    Chameel Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:51 PM

    @Janaka then forget about Sri Lanakn cricket also. Bcos these two schools have produced the best Sri Lankan cricketers.

    Maha Rajanani Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:46 PM

    quality matters not quantity.

    suwin Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:26 PM

    We juz showed our love towards each other that way, coz huggin was too mainstream.

    suwi Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:20 PM

    boys will be boys bugger off! this is nothing new

    Balasigham Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:16 PM

    Ooops, Royalist and thurstanins ???? forgot about it.?

    Eardley Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:15 PM

    Hello Guys
    Why are we at loggerhead?
    If Daham can get drunk and hit a single guy with the help of 15 other goons and Maithree can cover up, what can you expect from ananda and nalanda?

    Citizen Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:00 PM

    Boys will be boys.

    Ranjit Sunday, 03 March 2013 12:24 PM

    I don't why police had to tear gased the boys. Boys are boys. A new chapter in SL.

    Royalist Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:51 PM

    Kusal Janith Perera during the last Australian tour.

    MMJ Sunday, 03 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Mr./Ms./Undefined Semage,
    No cricketers to National Arena in decades from Royal? What country are you in?? And when did RoyTho have this type of incident? Were you rejected from Royal grade 1? via DM Android App

    Gamaya Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:12 PM

    Yes... Sunil pepera (gypsies) might well aware of this...
    Boys are boys Idiot

    martyn Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:07 PM

    Sad seen is this time they behaved like Royalists...

    suranga Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:04 PM

    Well said Anver

    suranga Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:56 PM

    mate, this is 1st time happened in this big match, then they should ban all big matches...

    Sir Abey Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:00 PM

    They are following the leadership given by the son of a great politician in SL !

    semage Sunday, 03 March 2013 03:59 PM

    Seems to me you are in Grade 1 of Royal or Thora. Don't know the history of your big matches don't you. Also check when was the last national cricketer was produced. None in last two decades mate.

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