Sri Lanka Cricket banned liquor for the fourth ODI against Pakistan
Sri Lanka Cricket banned liquor for the fourth one-day international against Pakistan following a drunken riot at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo during the third ODI on Sunday in which Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 135 runs. In a media release published in its website Sri Lanka Cricket says, “Spectators are advised to refrain from carrying Hooters, Liquor, Glass Bottles, Sharp Objects & Lighters/Match Boxes into the stadium.”
The cricket governing body of Sri Lanka said rowdy behaviour at Wednesday’s game would be dealt with severely as a response to crowd unrest that held up play for 20 minutes at the Premadasa stadium, delaying Pakistan’s victory which resulted in them taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
“Any unruly behaviour by any spectator will be severely dealt with and may even be subject to eviction from the grounds,” the statement added.
Police cleared two blocks of stands at the Premadasa stadium during a match played under flood lights after a drunken brawl led to pelting of stones into the outer field that threatened the safety of players.
However, the authorities decided to hold the fourth ODI at the same venue in Colombo after the authorities arrested four suspects and stepped up security in the area. No players were hurt on Sunday but Sri Lanka’s sporting image suffered a blow with the local media blaming the authorities for not taking action to prevent the unprecedented clashes.
A dozen vehicles were damaged and several bystanders were also hurt. However, Pakistan players and supporters declined to blame Sri Lankan authorities and fans at large for the disturbance, instead pointing the finger at a small group of spectators. AFP
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