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The ICC while expressing regret over the playing of a Hindi song during the introduction of the Lankan team at the opening ceremony of the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament in England, said that it would take the up the issue with the event management company responsible for handling the opening ceremony.

Sri Lanka Cricket said that the International Cricket Council Tournament Director Chris Tetley has written to SLC regretting the incident, in response to concerns raised by Sri Lanka Cricket secrearty Nishantha Ranathunga in a letter sent to the ICC Chief Executive Officer.

Following is the full statement by Sri Lanka Cricket

This is with reference to the Hindi song which was played while the Sri Lankan National Flag was paraded onto the field, at the opening ceremony of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. As concerns raised by the Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga to the ICC regarding the above matter, The International Cricket Council Tournament Director Chris Tetley has written to SLC regretting the incident. He further stated that the ICC will take this matter for discussion with the Event Management Company who were entrusted to handle the opening ceremony.

  Comments - 23

  • Porky Pig Monday, 10 June 2013 06:31 AM

    A lot of Sinhala words come from Sanskrit and Hindi also comes from Sanskrit. What is all this fuss?

    Mohamed moris Monday, 10 June 2013 11:30 AM

    Yes i was watching the opening ceremony of the icc cricket frm maldives,yes when the hindi song was played instead of sri lankan national anthem, why cant any sri lankan who were there in england raised the question and report immediately and proper action would have taken place ,all i can say is the lankans who are living in england are bloody harak,nobody talk they simply watching the opening ceremony.

    amc Monday, 10 June 2013 11:30 AM

    There were no National Anthem.
    Change the tune in utube " Lajja Nedha may pare andanne"

    Not a Joke Monday, 10 June 2013 11:32 AM

    Hee hee hee, that is an Indian Tamil song.

    Denis Bate Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:32 AM

    Are Hindi People living legally in Sri Lankan NOT Sri Lankans?

    Critic Roshan Monday, 10 June 2013 06:40 AM

    You are absolutely right, but at the moment there is a prestige problem going on, if not we would not mind even if ICC plays an Ugandan music.

    lkboy Monday, 10 June 2013 06:37 AM

    It's not about the language, but more about the originating country of the song played. Hope you followed the ceremony.

    Not a Joke Monday, 10 June 2013 11:32 AM

    SLC wants a Chinese song to be played.

    Sammy Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:40 AM

    @ Sunil Gupta most Sri Lankans do not know Hindi, so post your comments in English. How will you feel if some African music is played when your Indian flag is paraded and your captain appears on screen! There would be a big hue and cry. That is the similar concern of Sri Lankans.

    Sunil Gupta Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:47 PM

    Tum kya keh rahe ho.. mein samajh nahi pa raha hun. Mujhe Angrezi nahi aati.

    Porky Pig Monday, 10 June 2013 06:48 AM

    Soon we will have to stop chanting "Pirith" and it is in Pali specially at functions.

    Seelawathie Monday, 10 June 2013 06:59 AM

    We are playing Hindi songs and copying Hindi tunes for Sinhala songs, blah, blah blah. So what's the p[roblem.

    rat na Monday, 10 June 2013 07:09 AM

    Englisman created lovely game of cricke. Indian will exist cricket with fruads scams rackets. Basically now icc is run by corrupt south indians

    SuperBass Monday, 10 June 2013 07:19 AM

    you are an indian aren't you?

    well it might not make any difference to u but it matters to us !!

    mohamed Monday, 10 June 2013 07:16 AM

    we want 'sri lankaaaaaa kollowasaiii' song

    Ceylonese Monday, 10 June 2013 07:20 AM

    Sri Lanka shouldn't be similar to India in any mean. They are eagerly waiting us to use roads as public roads.

    DHA Monday, 10 June 2013 07:34 AM

    Now that this stupid mess is over Pls tell Mr. Wimal to concentrate on developing the country.....

    OH Man Monday, 10 June 2013 12:03 PM

    Dont be such a insane after watching the event. None of the countries National Anthem was played in the event. It was only a song by the some Artist of the country of origin was played. But for sri lanka instead of playing some sri lankan sinhala song they played indian hindi

    rat na Monday, 10 June 2013 12:08 PM

    We should not ask for less. As a full member of icc we should depend our dignity. Use all our power to funish those who are responsible. I sense something here. We should clean icc

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 10 June 2013 07:45 AM

    National Anthem is not something to joke about.

    Sunil Gupta Monday, 10 June 2013 12:17 PM

    Isme kya mushkil hai. Hindi gaana sunvaya to kya museebat padi hai?

    The Pacifist Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:35 AM

    u mean roads as public toilets, right?

    mani Monday, 10 June 2013 12:32 PM

    why don't you quit icc in protest

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