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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Lanka full moon ban puts Windies, Zim tours in spin

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2001, 22:41 [IST]
 
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's surprise announcement on Saturday that all sporting events will be banned on full moon days has raised serious concerns for two home Test matches against the West Indies and Zimbabwe, officials said.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The Cabinet of ministers said it had decided to amend the Holiday Act to prevent any sporting event taking place on full moon days. Every full moon day is also a Buddhist holiday.Cricket officials said they were yet to be informed of the decision, but warned that the Third Test against the West Indies was scheduled to be played on November 30, a full moon day.A Test match with Zimbabwe is also to be played on a full moon day in December, cricket officials said."We have already drawn up the itinerary and contracted with television broadcasters," an official said. "To make changes at this stage would derail all our plans."The government's sudden decision was seen by many as a move to appease the country's influential Buddhist clergy ahead of the December 5 parliamentary elections.

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