Team India lost the first match against Sri Lanka © AFP
Team India lost the first match against Sri Lanka © AFP

Team India members are reasonably active on social media, so it probably came as a blow when they were banned from using them following the riots that broke out in Colombo on Tuesday morning. The Sri Lankan Government has blocked social media websites like WhatsApp and Facebook in the country until further notice. On Wednesday, the Government had also declared a state of emergency to end the violence. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that government has asked service providers to block social messaging networks after posts appeared on Facebook calling for attacks on Muslims.

On Wednesday, Team India had no practice session in the afternoon and spent the entire time at the hotel, “I can see Whatsapp messages coming but I can’t read it. I can’t make calls also. It’s frustrating. Late in the evening it was coming and going, and quite unstable,” a team India member told Indian Express.

Message from Dialog, leading telephone operator: “On the directive of TRCSL in the interest of national security, access to certain Social Media sites and Messaging platforms will be restricted with immediate effect until further notice.”

Telecommunication Minister Harin Fernando: “Put down your smartphones. Let go of your hate and help make a new Sri Lanka that is good for everyone. I don’t need to remind the young people of this country that hate, violence and discrimination robbed you of a life full of opportunity and a country full of prosperity. Do not make the mistakes of our past generations.”