Soon after Monkeygate — or Maa ki gate, if you will — comes news that does nothing for Australia’s image. Late on Thursday night, men in Hobart threw eggs at a group of Sri Lankans, including Muttiah Muralitharan. A Lankan selector walking with them was hit in the face by an egg.
Shriyan Samararatne, the Lanka team manager, told HT, “Our guys (four of them) were walking back to the hotel when somebody threw an egg from a car at them.” He wouldn’t say who the egg was intended for, saying the car was being driven fast and perhaps the people in it “were drunk”. But Murali’s was easily the most recognisable face in the group.
Sri Lanka Cricket’s Kangatharan Mathivanan told HT they had spoken to Cricket Australia (CA) boss James Sutherland, and asked for a review of the team’s security, which has reportedly been upped.
CA’s Peter Young said police were looking into the matter. “We understand that on their way back to the hotel on Thursday evening in Hobart, a few members of the Sri Lankan team were abused by some local youths,” said Young. “One of them threw something at them.
“It’s regrettable and CA condemns it... Ricky Ponting has made an appeal to the public to treat visiting players with the respect they deserve.”