England cricket fan waits 10 months for Sri Lanka Test – and gets kicked out | Cricket News
GALLE: An England cricket fan who waited 10 months in Sri Lanka to observe his workforce play was ushered away by police earlier than a ball had been bowled within the first Check on Thursday.
Rob Lewis, who flew out final March earlier than the unique tour was aborted over the coronavirus, and determined to remain till England returned, mentioned he was “very annoyed” by the flip of occasions.
Lewis was ordered off the historic ramparts of Galle Fort, a vantage level which overlooks town’s cricket floor, simply after the nationwide anthems. No spectators are allowed contained in the stadium.
“I’m very annoyed. I waited 10 months to observe this match and the police have kicked me out,” Lewis advised AFP.
“Not less than I managed to sing ‘Jerusalem’,” he added.
Throughout his keep in Sri Lanka, Lewis has labored remotely as an online designer and accomplished stints as a nightclub DJ.
He visited Galle Fort on Saturday to map out his fallback because it grew to become clear that no spectators can be allowed on the floor.
Lewis mentioned he was warned prematurely that he would solely get restricted entry to the ramparts. Three banners that he put up have been additionally eliminated.
“I’m going to see the police (chief),” he mentioned. “All I wish to do is watch the match.”
“They gave me half-an-hour to place up three banners and go. That is all,” Lewis added.
“There can be one other 9 days of play and I hope I will get permission to go up there once more.”
Sri Lankan police banned all guests from the 16th-century ramparts, a favorite venue for locals who wish to keep away from paying for tickets, formally for safety causes.
However a number of journalists have been allowed to cowl the match from the fort.
Followers and media have been barred from the stadium due to the coronavirus, which has contaminated greater than 50,000 individuals and killed almost 250 within the South Asian nation.
Sri Lankan journalist Rex Clementine scaled the ramparts to maintain up his document of protecting each Check in Sri Lanka since 2000.
“I wish to preserve my document even when they do not permit reporters to the grounds,” he mentioned.
Troopers and safety personnel in hazmat fits have been posted across the stadium and checked the few individuals allowed in.