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Tigers arrive in Sri Lanka amid tight security

A K Azad : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-07-20 9:46:39 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-07-21 9:12:41 AM

Sports Desk: The Bangladesh cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka amid tight security on Saturday (July 20), 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 April 21 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 said.

Bangladesh will play three one-day internationals on July 26, 28 and 31 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 August 14, and the second will begin on August 22 at Colombo's P. Sara stadium. The three T20s will be played on August 31, September 2 and September 6.

Both teams had modest outings in the ICC World Cup. While Sri Lanka finished in seventh place with just three wins from nine games, Bangladesh finished one spot below them in eighth - also with three wins in nine outings.

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