Tigers reach Colombo under high security

AFP . Colombo | Update:

Bangladesh cricketers Soumya Sarkar (2L) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (L) arrive with teammates at a Taj hotel in Colombo on 20 July, 2019. Photo: AFP  Tigers reach Colombo under high security

The Bangladesh cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka amid tight security on Saturday, the first foreign sporting side to visit the island since the deadly Easter attacks earlier this year.

More than 250 people were killed in the 21 April bombings targeting hotels and churches that were claimed by Islamist militants, and Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since.

The Bangladesh team was provided with a level of security usually reserved for visiting state dignitaries, with additional deployments at their hotel and armed guards for their motorcade.

"We have special security arrangements at match venues too," a police official told AFP.

Bangladesh will play three one-day internationals on 26, 28 and 31 July at the Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka had previously expected New Zealand to be the first foreign sporting visit. The Kiwis will arrive next month to play two Tests and three Twenty20 matches.

The first Test against New Zealand will be played in Galle starting 14 August, and the second will begin on 22 August at Colombo's P Sara stadium.

The three T20s will be played on 31 August, 2 September and 6 September.

 
   
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