ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Buddhist monk group protests for playing Hindi song as Sri Lanka's national anthem

The goof-up happened during the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on Sunday © Getty Images

Colombo: Jun 10, 2013

A Buddhist monk nationalist group Ravana Balaya (Ravana Force) protested against the ICC‘s faux pas during the opening ceremony of the Champions Trophy match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Cardiff where a Hindi song was played instead of the Sri Lankan national anthem. The monk group staged a demonstration in front of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) headquarters in Colombo.

The group blamed the SLC for its inability to lodge a complaint to the ICC for playing a Hindi song in place of Sri Lanka’s national anthem at the Champions Trophy opening ceremony last week.

“This is a betrayal of the nation. The SLC must explain why a Hindi song was played in place of our national anthem,” Venerable Ittakande Saddhatissa of the Ravana Balaya said.

Acting CEO of SLC, Ashley de Silva told the monks that the ICC had already extended an apology to Sri Lanka.

The same Ravana Balaya had earlier warned Indian Premier League (IPL)-bound Sri Lankan players that they would be subjected to rotten eggs at the Colombo airport following their return from India.

They were angered by the players’ participation at IPL 6 despite a ban imposed on Sri Lankan players’ participation in Chennai by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa.