Colombo, Aug 31 (newsin.asia) – Over 1000 police personnel will be deployed at the 4th One Day International cricket match which will be played between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday, police said.
Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told reporters here that in addition to the deployment of security personnel, CCTV camera surveillance will also be utilized to maintain peace and order on the ground throughout the match.
Tight security measures have been put in place after Sri Lankan fans stirred trouble at the 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka, by throwing bottles and booing at the Sri Lankan players after their recent poor performance on field.
Police said it had launched an investigation to identify suspects who had thrown the bottles forcing the match to be suspended for 35 minutes.
Videos of angry spectators throwing the bottles on the ground had been taken into custody to assist in the investigations.
As the host nation were nearing their defeat in the 44th over, Sri Lankan fans, who had turned out in large numbers at the stadium and were on the grass banks, began throwing water bottles with India needing just eight runs to seal victory.
With the spectators continuing to hurl bottles, play was stopped and the players had to be huddled at the centre of the pitch.
The ground staff rushed to clear the bottles from the field but the crowd continued to boo the Sri Lankan team that has struggled all through this home series against India.
Following the incident, former Cricket Captain who is now the Petroleum Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga, urged the public on Monday to stop behaving in an unruly manner at the end of cricket matches.