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No Papare for Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka

Papare Band

Papare Band
No musical instruments will be allowed at the cricket for the first time in Sri Lanka. AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.

February 18, 2011 (Island Cricket): New security measures will prevent cricket fans from bringing their musical instruments to ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches in Sri Lanka. Alcohol will also prohibited and fans already under the influence of alcohol will be denied entry, authorities said today.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Colombo, inspector general of police in Sri Lanka Mahinda Balasuriya told reporters that banners, glass bottles, laser pointers, sharp instruments, professional cameras and fireworks would also be considered as prohibited items.

Known as the Papare (paa –per-ray) Band, Sri Lankan musicians armed with their trumpets, drums and cymbals have been an integral part of viewing cricket in Sri Lanka for a number of years. Cricket fans in Sri Lanka say watching a match won’t be the same without it.

"That’s what makes watching cricket in Sri Lanka special," Roshan Subasinghe, an avid Sri Lankan cricket fan said. "Not only is it unique to Sri Lanka but the players, too, feel that they are playing at home and in front of their home crowd when they hear the bands playing.

"From school cricket days these players have played their cricket at home to papare music playing the background. Why change it now? It wasn’t even done when we were at war during the 1996 World Cup"

But police chief Balasuriya stressed on the importance of an incident free World Cup.

"We want to have an incident free tournament. Steps have been taken to prevent any unnecessary incident," he said.

Sri Lanka will play their opening game of the 2011 World Cup on February 20 when they meet Canada for match-three of the tournament in Hambanatota.

© Island Cricket


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  1. Surely, think again! Most
    Surely, think again! Most ridiculous decision I came across in Cricket administration for the 23 years I was witnessing Cricket as a Sri Lankan Cricket fan. It will lose Sri lankan identity and the fans will start protesting.

  2. Not only is this cutting down
    Not only is this cutting down the fun-factor but also dealing a blow to our home field advantage! I think we should appeal to the board!

  3. papare is da 12th man of sri
    papare is da 12th man of sri lankan cricket, i dnt knw wat these officials tryin to prove and i knw for a fact dat other teams doesnt like our papares ,its like da haka for all blacks. even in here melbourne allows it. hope dis will change.

  4. Bloody idiot. It’s a cricket
    Bloody idiot. It’s a cricket ground, not a temple to ban alcohol.
    ans if incident free match is the only requirement how about just let them play in a closed stadium without spectators.

  5. Police should have ban Sri
    Police should have ban Sri Lankan fans from entering the ground too. Papare is how we enjoy cricket in this beautiful island. Without our famous music it won’t be the same cricket that we loved. SLC will have to reconsider this dumb decision.

  6. They can also impose a dress
    They can also impose a dress code I think.How about the national dress??Who are these fools man.
    I agree with alcohol.But banners and music….:O:O cricket match is a party.Even in our religious processions there is music.Why the hell it can’t be there in a cricket ground??

  7. Unacceptable……….they
    Unacceptable……….they will have to reverse this decision.

    Even Tony Greig and Ian Chappell will be disappointed to hear this news.

    Sri Lankan Cricket and Papare go to together, can anyone disagree?

  8. at the opening ceremony of
    at the opening ceremony of ICC worldcup 2011, While commenting russel arnold says in da coming days we will hear the papare bands of sri lankan seems russel will have to blow his expectations along with all the sri lankan fans..this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

  9. What’s the fun in that then?
    What’s the fun in that then? If it is entertainment, allow the spectators to have fun!

    Learn from the mistakes at Dambulla stadium… A lot of spectators prefers not to go there due to it’s restrictions.

  10. I can not relate to cricket
    I can not relate to cricket without Papare if I am watching a match live from the Pavilion.
    This is not what we wanted to hear especially when we have home advantage and ground support to recapture WC. Last year West Indies never had issues……

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