> New Zealand Board of Cricket has decided unanimously that the tour of Sri Lanka
> should proceed as scheduled. Its President McDermott is flying to Colombo to
> talk to the players. He will also hold talks with the British and Australian
> High Commissioners and others to assess the security situation. After
> appraising the players of the situation, a decision will be made within forty
> eight hours - if the tour proceeds, any player who wants to go home will be
> released. Most of the players seem to be shook up as they did witness the bomb
> blast and the death of five persons.
I think that NZ did the right thing by continuing the tour. And I hope
they will not reverse the decision.
SL has been a security risk for 10 years now. Overall the security now
is better than in the late 80's. When NZ agreed to tour SL they were aware
of the slight security risk. If you look objectively the risks have
not worsened or improved because of the most recent attack.
Australia toured SL this year. They were aware of the problems.
Here are some facts:
The bomb attack in Colombo is the third major one in 3 years.
Last year: a Bomb exposion killed a top minister and with 30 others.
Last year: another Bomb occured in the military HQ and killed more than
both of those happened in central Colombo areas and was quite unexpected.
There will be a top trade show iin Colombo starting in 2 days time.
2500 foreign businessman are expected.
Although I can understand the scare the NZ cricketers got ( the incident
apparently happened right in front of Taj Samudra where they were staying-
and the bomb has rocked the hotel while the criketers were having breakfast.
), the risk has not increased because of this explosion.
the risk was there when they arrived and I don't think it has increased.