As a result of growing unrest between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Kandy, leading to clashes over the past weekend, the Sri Lankan Government decided to declare a State of Emergency for 10 days, on Tuesday.
President Maithripala Sirisena and the cabinet ministers held a meeting earlier in the day and arrived at the decision to issue a gazette notice with immediate effect.
The CEO of Sri Lankan Cricket Board told Cricbuzz: “The matches are being played in Colombo and will go on as per schedule.” The Indian team management too issued a notice, stating the same. “There have been reports of curfew and an emergency being called in Sri Lanka. The situation in picture is Kandy and not Colombo.”
He added: “This is to notify everyone that after talking to concerned security personnel (Ministerial security division – in charge of team security) we have understood that the situation is completely normal in Colombo. If at all there is any update on the same we shall notify.”
The Nidahas Trophy begins today with the hosts Sri Lanka taking on India. The final of the tournament will be played on 18th March.