FOR THE moment, the tri-series between India, Sri Lanka and South Africa here is still on despite Monday's bomb blast that killed seven people outside a shopping mall about 2 km from the two team hotels.
Through the day, there were indications that the South African contingent wanted to go home, reportedly on the advice of the security personnel accompanying the team that it was safer to abandon the tour.
But Duleep Mendis, chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket, said the event would go on. He said his board had met the Indian and South African team managements and would meet them again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. South Africa is likely to make a decision after that meeting.
The BCCI said the team would not be pulled out. The Indian government concurred, with Home Secretary V.K. Duggal saying Sri Lanka had assured that the Indian team would be given an adequate security cover.
The bigger question at the moment is over South Africa. Their media manager Gordon Templeton said his team was in constant touch with his cricket board and embassy. "Any decision depends on the meeting with the administration back home," he said on Monday evening.
Gordon's words reflected the mood in the South African camp which was in contrast to that of the Lankan and the Indian teams.
In the event of a South African pullout, it is rumoured that India and Lanka will play a five-match series, but there was no official confirmation of this.