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Sri Lanka-South Africa opening game cancelled due to security reasons

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The opening match of the Unitech Cup which was to be played today following yesterday’s abandonment, has been called off. Yesterday’s game was abandoned due to rain but today it was called off due to the security concerns raised after yesterday’s bomb blast in Colombo that had killed 7 people and had injured about 15 people. The blast had taken place just few kilometers from the two hotels that are hosting the three teams. The South African Cricket Board has appealed to the Sri Lankan Board for canceling today’s match as it is waiting for ICC’s advice in pulling out from this tri-nation series. The Proteas have been a worried unit and they are in no mood to stay in Sri Lanka and are looking to pack off as and when they get the green signal from its Board.

The future of the Unitech Cup looks bleak with South Africa most likely to pull out due to yesterday’s bomb blast, but cricket might get underway with India and Sri Lanka likely to play a five-match series. The BCCI wants its team to stay in the island as they would fall in a similar situation like Sri Lanka when they host the Champions Trophy in October despite the recent Mumbai blasts that had killed hundreds of people. The Indian Cricket Team will now travel in bullet proof buses and each player would have personal body guards after their security has been reviewed by the Indian home ministry.

Originally posted 2006-08-15 13:53:26.

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