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Sri Lankan cricketers cancel planned appearance at Oxford University over security concerns

Sri Lankan cricketers currently in England for the 2009 ICC T20 world cup cancelled a scheduled appearance at the Oxford University today citing security concerns.

Muralitharan and Sangakkara were to visit the Oxford Union debating society.

The new security adviser of the touring Sri Lankan team advised the players against the visit after The Times published a controversial front page story implicating the Sri Lankan government with the deaths of thousands of ethnic Tamils.

Recently, the Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked by Tamil protesters while on tour in Canada. As a result, the management has deemed the conditions in England no safer for the players.

Read more on the story on AFP.

"This afternoon, the Sri Lankan cricket team’s security advisers have informed us that, due to the heightened threat levels posed by today’s Times front page, they have decided to cancel this afternoon’s visit by Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and their manager, Brendon Kuruppu," it said.

"This is obviously extremely disappointing and we apologise profusely for it."

The Times report has been dismissed by the Sri Lankan government, which said the figures were "way out."

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