Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sri Lanka cancel Oxford visit over security fears

Nagraj Gollapudi and Alex Brown

May 29, 2009

Muttiah Muralitharan belts out a confident appeal, Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, February 8, 2009

(crickinfo)Less than three months after their team bus came under terrorist gunfire in Lahore, members of the Sri Lankan cricket team have withdrawn from a scheduled visit to Oxford due to security concerns.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and team manager Brendon Kuruppu informed the Oxford Union debating society on Friday they feared a backlash after a front-page story in The Times in which it was claimed that 20,000 Tamil civilians had been killed in recent hostilities between government troops and LTTE. Full text