Sri Lanka fume, India cool as South Africa flee “risky” Colombo

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

COLOMBO, Aug 17, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket chiefs and media slammed South Africa on Thursday for pulling out of the tri-series as India looked forward to playing three matches against the hosts.

The Proteas abandoned the tri-series on Wednesday, saying “the current risk to the team is at an unacceptable level” following a blast near their hotel on Monday which killed seven people and injured eight.

But Cricket South Africa’s assertion that an independent security assessment by a Dubai-based firm agreed with the team’s own fears was ridiculed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Duleep Mendis.

“I am amazed at their decision to return home,” Mendis, a former Sri Lankan Test captain, told AFP. “The government put in place presidential-level security for the team, yet they were not convinced.

“They took advice from a Dubai firm which is even more surprising. I did not see anyone from this firm in Colombo, yet they prepared a security report within 24 hours sitting in Dubai.”

The state-run Daily News, under the headline ‘South African cricketers chicken out’, said: “They are used to playing in threatening conditions. In South Africa, one has to be careful when even tak

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