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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Full moon day ban may not affect series

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2001, 0:18 [IST]
 
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Colombo: Despite Sri Lanka banning sports activities on full moon days Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) officials here are confident that the decision will not affect the current Test series against West Indies and the upcoming one against Zimbabwe.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The Cabinet decided last Thursday to amend the Holiday Act, 1971 to ban the conduct of sports competitions on 'Poya' or full moon days, which are holy days in the Buddhist calendar and holidays in Sri Lanka. It (Holiday Act) is an act passed by Parliament, and we presume that the ban will take effect only when Parliament amends it. As the house is scheduled to meet only on January 1, it may not affect the existing itinerary, an official of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka said. 'Poya' falls on November 30, which will be the second day of the third Test against West Indies. The next 'Poya' in late December is also a playing day, as the Sri Lankans will be locked in a Test against Zimbabwe. Changing the dates at this late hour may pose serious problems, as multi-million dollar television rights have already been sold for these days. We hope by the time the ban takes effect, these matches will be over, the official said.Sri Lanka will not be hosting many international matches in the next few months. It has a Test against Pakistan in mid-February as part of the Asian Test Championship and a tour by Bangladesh in July. There is enough time to modify the itinerary for the Bangladesh tour, he said. The cabinet, in an apparent bid to appease the influential Buddhist clergy in the run-up to the December 5 parliamentary elections, also banned private tuition classes on Sundays so that more students will attend religiousclasses.The government also decided to issue diplomatic passports to the three Mahanayakes, the most influential Buddhist religious leaders, and leaders of other religions. PTI

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