13 Jul 2009

NZ cricket team cleared to tour Sri Lanka

1:55 pm on 13 July 2009

New Zealand's cricket team has been given the all-clear to tour Sri Lanka in August, after a rigorous security check by cricket officials who visited the war-troubled nation.

Cricket officials were sent to Sri Lanka to meet with security staff and hotel personnel as part of new safety measures brought in following a gun attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team when they were in Pakistan earlier this year.

The tour comes just months after the Sri Lankan military declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which had fought an all-out civil war since 1983.

New Zealand Cricket general manager of cricket Geoff Allott says the pre-test security inspection was comprehensive, with visits to all hotels the team will stay in and inspections of cricket grounds and transport.

Mr Allott says security is tight in the country, with vehicle searches outside hotels and checkpoints on roads leading into Colombo.