Namal Rajapaksa, member of parliament and son of Country’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has condemned the unfortunate incident, that took place in Hambantota during the second ODI between Sri Lanka and West Indies on Wednesday.
Riding on the magnificent hundreds from young duo of Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka posted an imposing total of 345 on the board, batting first. In reply, West Indies meekly surrendered against quality spin bowling of Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan, bundled out for 184 and lost the match by 161 runs.
However, during the match, an embarrassing situation occurred, when spectators tried to enter into the stadium by one of the gate. According to sources, Aruna De Silva, along with his juniors, was selling offline tickets at the ground through 4 counters. However, as it was poorly planned, those counters proved not enough for the crowd, which had come in numbers to watch the match. It caused a big drama, as in the end, SLC had to open the gates in one section and allowed crowd to enter into the ground, that too without tickets. When situation went out of control, SLC were forced to call police to control the crowd.
“Unfortunate incident at Sooriyawewa cricket stadium ticket counters. Assaulting spectators and the public is absolutely unacceptable. The Government must conduct an immediate inquiry and take action. @OfficialSLC” Namal posted on his twitter handle, condemning the incident.