Sri Lanka Cricket bans alcohol following crowd disturbance in third ODI

Sri Lanka's Special Task Force soldiers walk towards Pakistan's dressing room after the team walked off field after a clash between supporters in the
Sri Lanka's Special Task Force soldiers walk towards Pakistan's dressing room after the team walked off field after a clash between supporters in the third ODI.
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has imposed a ban on alcohol consumption in the ground for the fourth One-Day International following crowd disturbance and a brawl in the third ODI at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The fracas stalled play for almost 30 minutes when a piece of rock found its way onto the ground, following which the authorities evacuated two blocks of the stands to ensure the smooth resumption of play.

In a media release, SLC has announced that any kind of disruptive behavior by the crowd will be severely dealt with, while announcing the list of items that are banned in the stadium.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that security measures will be tightened for tomorrows (Wednesday) match," the media release began.

“Spectators are advised to refrain from carrying Hooters, Liquor, Glass Bottles, Sharp Objects and Lighters/Match Boxes into the stadium.

“Any unruly behavior by any spectator will be severely dealt with and may even be subject to eviction from the grounds.” 

SLC has decided to continue with the same venue as per the tour itinerary, after the local authorities arrested four suspects, while increasing the security cover in the area. 

Pakistan will look to secure qualification for the 2017 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy with a series-clinching victory in the fourth ODI which kicks off on Wednesday in Colombo.

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