If you have subscribed for Ada-Derana news updates, you must have received a message saying “Banners, parsals, musical instruments, glass bottles, crackers, laser lights, sharp instruments are not allowed in World Cup venues in SL”. And some time later you must have got the message “Following appeals by public IGP has allowed spectators to take posters & banners promoting cricket & players ….”.
This news item in Daily Mirror says that SLC will provide music so the bands are not needed. What the hell! At SL-Canada match there were some bongos that never fit in to the picture and some DJ music which were annoying. In Sri Lanka there is nothing that can boost a cricketing atmosphere like a papare band. It is something unique to Sri Lanka and a part of Sri Lankan Cricket identity. If we are to promote cricket and Sri Lanka that’s what we must promote. Not bongos.
Also as one commenter posted on island cricket blog, for SL players its a part of home field, and it makes them feel home and create a home field advantage for SL cricketers in any ware in the world. When you take papare out of Sri Lankan cricket. It’s not Sri Lankan Cricket any more.
If letting fans bring in bands going to create security risks, SLC could easily hire some bands and do proper security checks beforehand. Hope someone talk some sense in to the people who make decisions around world cup venues in the coming matches.
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