1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka to be played in Guwahati, Amidst Anti-CAA Protest

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Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Chief Romen Dutta has clarified that 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka scheduled on January 5, will be played as planned. Clarification was issued amidst continuous protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NRC in Assam.

“First of the three T20Is between India and Sri Lanka will be held on January 5 (Sunday) in Guwahati as scheduled,” Dutta told news agency ANI.

ACA secretary Devajit Saikia asserted that the situation is normal in Guwahati and it’s safe like any other part of the country.

“Situation is normal now and tourism is back in the state. We are hosting Khelo India Games from January 10, and about seven thousand players will participate. It’s now safe as any other place in the country. The state government is looking after the security arrangement, and there’s no issue at all. People were busy with the Christmas and New Year celebrations. We are expecting a last-minute ticket rush now,” ACA secretary Devajit Saikia stated. 

Over 27,000 tickets of the 39,500 capacity Barasapra Stadium have already been sold out. A full-house is expected in the match to be played on January 5. Sri Lankan team arrived in Guwahati on Thursday; they were escorted to team hotel under heavy security. 

The series will mark the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan to the Indian squad after recovering from injuries. Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka. 

India’s T20 squad against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer,Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav,Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, and Washington Sundar.

Sri Lanka Squad for 1st T20I: Lasith Malinga (Captain), Danushka Gunatilleke, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Dasan Fernando, Wanidu Raja, Kasun Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, and Lakshan Moonakan.

Violent protests erupted in Assam after the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament by the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah. The CAA allows non-Muslim minorities who came to India on or before 31st December 2014, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, to easily become Indian citizens

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