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Britain denies visas to Sri Lankan cricketers

The British government is denying visas to Sri Lankan cricketers. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband already blocked an important International Monetary Fund loan to the country because Sri Lanka did not heed the UK’s call for a ceasefire against the Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly denied accusations of large scale civilian casualties and the use of heavy weapons in a government declared No Fire Zone, accusations which led to calls for an immediate ceasefire.
 
Sri Lanka is being dished out the same treatment the UK dished out to Zimbabwe.


Isolating a nation and creating divisions hasn’t helped the US in regards to Cuba. It sure as hell won’t work for the British against Sri Lanka. Imposing sanctions on the masses and denial of entry for honest hard working sportsmen will not accomplish anything. It will only motivate Sri Lankans to move away from British dependency.
 

Malinda Warnapura’s visa to the UK has been rejected.

The Warnapura situation has taken a turn worse this week with Tod spokesman Jeff Rudderforth admitting the club felt "in no man’s land" over the expected arrival, or indeed availability, of the talented left handed batsman and spin bowler.

"All the paperwork has been done but we have now been told he has had his visa refused at this end. What the problem is, we’re not sure," said Rudderforth.

Sri Lankan sportsmen play no part in Sri Lanka’s political and military matters. It is completely uncalled for to punish these youth.

A large group of club cricketers have seen their applications rejected, leaving most of them unemployed this season.

It is now left to be seen if the national squad will be given visas for the T20 Cricket World Cup. A source who is an immediate family member of a national cricketer – who wished to remain anonymous – has informed me that family members of cricketers too have faced delays in the processing of their application.

These actions will have serious implications towards UK-SL ties. With events taking a turn for the worst on a daily basis and Britain portraying her arrogance during Sri Lanka’s hour of need, I somehow can’t see it going back to the way it used to be.

Sri Lankans and the poms always maintained a healthy relationship. British tourist were welcomed with open arms and a warm genuine embrace in the past. Somehow I feel all that is bound to change now.

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Note: Let me just clarify a few things. I am not putting the British down, propping Sri Lanka up, playing down the death of the innocent causalities of war, or even mixing politics with sport to create some warped conspiracy theory.

I received several emails which point to the fact that the British High Commission was delaying and denying visas. If visas are granted, it is because the British may have had a change of heart.

Many of these people who have been denied visas or had their applications delayed have travelled to the UK previously on numerous occasions. None of them have ever been denied a visa before. Lankan club cricketers travel every year to England so this delay is a first.

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  1. All the paperwork has been
    All the paperwork has been done but we have now been told he has had his visa refused at this end. What the problem is, we’re not sure,” said Rudderforth

    how come u r so sure about the reasons?

    “Imposing sanctions on the masses and denial of entry for honest hard working sportsman..”
    what sanctions r u talking about?? not complying to certain standards in order to get a loan, is NOT imposing sanctions.

    “It will only motivate Sri Lankans to move away from British dependency.” good riddance.why should british tax payesr fork out more cash for this undeserving nation?

    “British tourist were welcomed with open arms and a warm genuine embrace in the past. Somehow I feel all that is bound to change now.”
    yeah, because they bring money. if it changes who cares? there are plenty other places to go to in the world. why do u thnk sl is so important. if it were u’d get sanctions/

    • Anonymous said “good
      Anonymous said "good riddance.why should British tax payers fork out more cash for this undeserving nation?"

      I know Hilal tried to educate you a bit about Cricketers doesn’t actually cost the British tax payers any money.

      But as for the "British tax payers forking out more cash for undeserving nation", if I wasn’t a British Tax payer working hard to contribute to Milibanda and his band of fraudsters Whiskey/Gin/Massage Chair expenses, I would find that hilarious.
       
      Yep, you carry on forking out MY TAX MONEY to terrorists supporters/bogus asylum seekers/fake genocid cryers.
       Now those are what I call really deserving cases . lol.

      They say ignorance is bliss.lol.

      As for British aid to Srilanka, Please get a grip.
       
      In terms of monetary value of British government’s aid to Srilanka over the last few years, I’d bet it’s lot less than British tax payers had to fork out for policing a bunch of Terror supporters causing havoc in Wesminster area for the past few weeks. 
       

  2. Utterly disgusting. Makes me
    Utterly disgusting. Makes me feel sick..shame on u Britain. Come on SLDF, finish off the LTTE….less than 36 hrs2go I think. This will def damage UK-SL relations permanently, serves them right. They let tigers protest in central Lon and try to save Prabhakaran, shame on them..but tbh given colonial history and attitudes this white superiority and conspiracy isnt surprising

  3. @ Submitted by Anonymous (not
    @ Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 15, 2009 – 07:00.

    You are obviously not familiar with course of action the UK is pursuing in regards to Sri Lanka.

    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Monday raised doubts about whether Sri Lankan government could be trusted to use a $1.9 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund appropriately. – Reuters

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUKCOL48137320090512

    http://www.dailynews.lk/2009/05/12/fea02.asp

    Imposing sanctions and blocking of the IMF loan is what the Tamil tiger sympathizers in the UK have been pressuring and protesting for.

    Why do you reckon UK clubs recruit so many Sri Lankan cricketers? According to your logic it sounds like charity, it is not. Sri Lankan talent in the UK club scene has helped local clubs improve their standards and teach you poms a thing or two about playing spin.

    Please, if you do not want to come to Sri Lanka don’t flock there en mass every winter. Surely as you say plenty of other places to go to?

    • Way to go Hilal!
      The first

      Way to go Hilal!

      The first comment is obviously written by a piss poor excuse for a human. Arrogant as to say that the British are the saviours and without them there would be no Sri Lanka. If he believes this, his balls are probably tied once around each other and stuck up in his ass.

      I like how he has not replied to any of our facts and if he does he’ll have nothing to say. Also he totally missed the point of the entire article.

      Hey Dumbass, ya you the one that should not be cared for and the one who we will wish good ridance to: If Britain was made out of people like you, it would sink faster than it is already sinking or did you not know?? your fucking economy is in shambles you bitch with your superior intellect and what not right?/??? big talker you are.

      The only reason Britain has ever come to Sri lanka was for our MOOOOOOOONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY a.k.a. resources, cheap labour, and pompous insecure “pride”

      Now don’t get me wrong, people who are EXACTLY OPPOSITE of you, do come to Sri Lanka to help people, as do MANY Sri lankans all around this world whom help and are very generous and kind to others. It’s something called being human and helping your fellow man, it starts in your family which is obviously where you failed to have it and now your taking it out on a topic way out of your control. But enough of that because this topic is out of your mind’s capacity.

      Your worried about your fucking TAX dollars and where they are being wasted??? Try looking in your own back yard you deuche: ya look to your huge government building in London that the big fat British politicians are running in such a “ENGLISH and SUPERIOR”way, yes they are doing a “GREAT” job for your country right now. At your rate you’ll be dying for resources and labour from Sri Lanka once again when you can’t afford food and ofcourse gems and rubies. Go fucking skip back to your little shit wad country and stay the fuck out of ours, we don’t want you and your low iq kind anywhere close to us. Please don’t even talk to us…i mean unless you come to realise you need some sort of counselling.

      Good Ridance and as you princess’ say “CHERIO” you waste of life.

      -Ruwan

      • i won’t bother answring the
        i won’t bother answring the rest. what else would u expect form u guys? clear reasoning? impossible. just because u cn type on a pc in englhs, gave me the illusion of some sort of education/knowledge, but u are all on a war high and a sri lanka uber alles mode, so talking is out of the window. yes of course, britain needs YOU and all the sl immigrants in order to survive, your oil (the size of a baby’s piss) and your defected gems which are normally substandard anyway.

        funny how u lost track of the whole conversation: ur trying to defend entry in britain of srilankans, but u say”Go fucking skip back to your little shit wad country and stay the fuck out of ours, we don’t want you and your low iq kind anywhere close to us. Please don’t even talk to us…”
        so why the fuck do u want ur ppl, if not u , to come to britain???? clearly ur a jerk/.

    • “Why do you reckon UK clubs
      “Why do you reckon UK clubs recruit so many Sri Lankan cricketers? According to your logic it sounds like charity”
      where did u get this concept? it ws never in my post.

      “Please, if you do not want to come to Sri Lanka don’t flock there en mass every winter”
      what r u high on apart from chauvinism? where do u see these masses of british tourists every winter?

  4. U.S. and British officials
    U.S. and British officials have called for the loan to be withheld or delayed as Sri Lanka’s government repeatedly ignores international calls for a humanitarian ceasefire.

    http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINLF34659020090515?sp=true

    if there is any doubt that the UK played a part in blocking the IMF loan, the above should dismiss such doubts.

    The article below has some good points to people who think they have evidence to prove large-scale casualties in Sri Lanka’s conflict.

    Q+A: Sri Lanka’s propaganda war – Reuters

  5. Let me just clarify a few
    Let me just clarify a few things. I am not putting the British down, propping Sri Lanka up, playing down the death of the innocent causalities of war, or even mixing politics with sport to create some warped conspiracy theory.

    I received several emails which point to the fact that the British High Commission was delaying and denying visas. If visas are granted, it is because the British may have had a change of heart.

    Many of these people who have been denied visas or had their applications delayed have travelled to the UK previously on numerous occasions. None of them have ever been denied a visa before. Lankan club cricketers travel every year to England so this delay is a first.

    • visas are “given” on
      visas are “given” on discretion. from any embassy of any country includin yours, it is no RIGHT. u should know this. rightly or wrongly is another topic, unless u r the lawyer representng these ppl.

  6. In response to the very first
    In response to the very first comment.

    I love how the British ‘bring bags of money to us deprived Sri Lankans’.

    Stupid Piker doesn’t realise that British tourist come because of what Sri Lanka has to offer, not because they have cash. Dumb Shmuck! My parents in Sri Lanka drive a brand new BMW and have a nice view of the sunset from my home over looking the Indian ocean. I bet your still living on rent and taking the bus right?

    yeah, because they bring money. if it changes who cares? there are plenty other places to go to in the world. why do u thnk sl is so important.

    – Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 15, 2009 – 07:00.

    • “I love how the British
      “I love how the British ‘bring bags of money to us deprived Sri Lankans’.”

      i nevre wrote this sentence, jerk.

      “Stupid Piker doesn’t realise that British tourist come because of what Sri Lanka has to offer, not because they have cash.”
      what has the quanity of cash got to do with anytng i said? if u want to victimise yourself, feel free, but dont blame it on me.
      maybe if u learn how to read, u could actually manage to grasp the concept.

  7. When the F@#k did the British
    When the F@#k did the British tax payer do anything for me? The British ruined our country moron when they brought in 1 million Tamil workers to pluck tea. This upset the ethnic balance on the island. All the British have brought is misery with their god forsaken queen and ridiculous monarchy and imperialism.

    Sri Lanka has deep sea oil reserves which the British will come begging for once this war is over. The tables will turn soon!

  8. This is what I like to see

    This is what I like to see now !
    Our 1st 11 cricket team protesting against T20 world cup in england. And countries like india and pakistan also should stand by our side.
     

  9. Sorry but, it is just me or
    Sorry but, it is just me or does the Anonymous avatar look a lot like Anil Kumble.

    Besides, the UK better get these guys visas approved or else there is no way these minor counties are gonna win anything without us wristy, doorsa bowling Kolpaks.

  10. Anonymous replies to the

    Anonymous replies to the quote "British tourist were welcomed with open arms and a warm genuine embrace in the past. Somehow I feel all that is bound to change now."
    yeah, because they bring money.
     
    Then replies in to another " What did the quantity of money has anything to do with what I said" lol.

    Sadly he missed the meaning of "warm genuine embrace" and the fact this is to do with Srilankan hospitality.

    I think he’s an Arsenal fan, clearly lost the plot when got to his 11th pint to drown the sorrows

    Or, someone who just couldn’t make it to Westminster today

  11. Lord have mercy…He was
    Lord have mercy…He was probably drunk when he wrote his first comment. Now he can’t recall anything despite the post still being here. Must be hang over when he wrote his last comment.

    Come back when your sober mate. We’ll talk.

  12. Sri Lankan people are dying
    Sri Lankan people are dying and more struggling for dear life in refugee camps. You folks are discussing about a delay to “play” a game in a country that obviously doesnt want you that much (at least thats how it sounds to me). Better get your priorities right folks – or is it too much to ask ?

    • War is finished. Hopefully
      War is finished. Hopefully there won’t be anymore people dying. 

      Yes, people are struggling in refugee camps.
      As far as we are aware, Srilankan government is doing their best to look after them. There were people struggling everywhere in Srilanka not just in refugee camps, during the war against a ruthless terrorist outfit called LTTE.
       
      Hopefully things will get better and all Srilankans will be able to get back to some sort of normalcy after suffering terrorism for over 25 years.
       
      The reason we are "discussing  a game" here is, this website is called Islandcricket. The clue is in the title.

  13. Sanath, if you mean the

    Sanath, if you mean the Twenty/20 squad, yes they have arrived over 3 hours ago, hopefully by now safely tucked in bed getting a good night’s rest before practice tomorrow.lol.

    The Cricketers who were mentioned  in the Visa rejection article were the ones that were going to play Cricket in British league.

    I believe that most of the player’s re-applied, hopefully they will get that sorted soon. Because for every couple of weeks or month they don’t get to play Cricket will result in loss of income for these boys.
     
    Of course, Cricketers are too diplomatic to publicly discuss whatever "administrative errors" that may have contributed to this blunder.

    But as fans, there’s nothing to stop us from raising awareness or questioning the logic  behind it all, if it’s going to prevent any future Cricketers getting the same shoddy treatment .

     

  14. I take it that the VISAS have
    I take it that the VISAS have been sorted now that the team have arrived in England? 

    Even so, I should imagine that if someone told the thousands of displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka that, ‘the cricket team had been denied access to England,’ that all their trouble would have been solved? 

    And also, if the team were to be denied entry, would they let Murali in? He is a Tamil, so by that logic he should be let in? I’m sure he can take the rest of the teams on his own…

  15. Maithri89
    It was not the

    Maithri89

    It was not the current SL Twenty/20 squad that had visa rejected.

    Several other Srilankan Cricketers (including some Test players in the national team) who got contracts to play in the English League and some counties.

    I think it is sorted now.

  16. Who called them racist? What
    Who called them racist? What has Clarke not getting a visa got tot do with 14 cricketers not getting visas? A whole group of family members of players having their applications delayed?

  17. One of the player’s close
    One of the player’s close family member’s visa was also  rejected  a couple of days ago.

    One of the player’s hopefully will be coming to England soon to play in the Lancashire County league will be, Malinga Bandara
    Hope one by one it will all be sorted out.

    @Anonymous who said: ohh these racist english are at it again? what r u goiong to say now?????hahahahhah!
    jerks

    No quite sure what exactly you are trying to say mate, but if you cannot express yourself in a coherent manner, it’s best not to exhibit your stupidity to all and sundry 

    Nobody said the English were racist, if they were, they wouldn’t let into the country so many ex LTTE supporters and terror sympathisers from Srilanka, would they? There are 100’s of thousand of them in the UK.

    This thread is discussing the extreme short slightness of the British policies towards Srilanka, not racism.
     

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