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Sri Lanka's cricketers to return home Thursday despite flight cancellation

Sri Lanka's cricketers to return home Thursday despite flight cancellation

Sri Lanka's cricket team was forced to make new travel plans after the airline that was to fly them home canceled all flights to the country's capital because of Tamil Tiger rebel air raids, an official said Tuesday.
The national team, runners-up in the cricket World Cup, is currently in London and will arrive in Colombo on a Qatar Airways flight on Thursday morning, Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman Samantha Algama said. They earlier planned to fly on Dubai-based Emirates airlines.
Both Emirates and Cathay Pacific suspended all flights to the Sri Lankan capital after a rebel attack Sunday on fuel facilities on the outskirts of the city.
In March the Tamil Tigers targeted an air force base near the country's only international airport, in their first air strike since they began fighting for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority in 1983.
The rebel air attacks forced officials to briefly shut down the airport twice.
Sunday's air raids took place while many Sri Lankans were watching their team play Australia in the World Cup finals on television. Australia beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs to win the tournament for a third consecutive time. Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996.
The cricket board has arranged a ceremony honoring the team when they return on Thursday, Algama said.


Updated : 2021-07-31 11:47 GMT+08:00