Kandy: England's cricket Test series in Sri Lanka will go ahead despite two deadly bomb attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels that killed at least 19 people, officials said Thursday.
The British High Commission (embassy) told team management, preparing for Saturday's first Test in Kandy, the travel advisory warning had not changed.
"It is for the team to decide on the tour but we have told them our travel advisory to Sri Lanka has not changed, except for a minor amendment following Wednesday's blasts," High Commission spokesman John Culley told AFP.
"The level of the advisory has not changed."
A powerful parcel bomb exploded Wednesday outside a clothing store on the outskirts of the capital Colombo, killing 17, wounding 43 others and leaving the street littered with body parts, police said.
The attack came just hours after a disabled female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the office of a Tamil government minister, killing his secretary and injuring two security guards.
England, who are due to play the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club from Dec 9-13 in Colombo, said the series would go ahead as originally planned.
"We have spoken to the (British) High Commission in light of the bombs," team spokesman Andrew Walpole told reporters here.
"There has been no change in the travel advice we have received from them, at this stage, and it has no effect on the tour arrangements.
"We always keep the tour itinerary and security arrangements under review and we won't be complacent during the tour."
The third and final Test will be played in the southern coastal town of Galle from Dec 18-22.
The High Commission's travel advisory has been updated to include Wednesday's blast and reminds British residents that "there is a high threat from terrorism."
"Attacks can be indiscriminate, and have occurred in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers," it said.
"There is heightened security in Sri Lanka and you are advised to comply with government and security force instructions."
Wednesday's blasts came a day after Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran declared that Sri Lankan peace efforts were a waste of time and vowed to strike back at the island's "genocidal" government.
"Those who plan to destroy the Tamil nation will in the end be forced to face their own destruction," he said in his annual policy speech from a jungle hideout in his northern fiefdom.
The Tamil Tigers launched their campaign for an independent homeland in 1972 and tens of thousands have since died on both sides.