JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
The Sri Lankan cricket team, which defied its government and accepted an invitation to tour South Africa, arrived in Johannesburg on October 20.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1. GV/SV Sri Lankan team arriving at Jan Smuts airport (2 shots) 0.10
2. SV Police stand guard 0.13
3. SV Team members (2 shots) 0.22
4. SV President of South African Cricket Union Joe Pamensky speaking (SOT) 0.49
5. GV/SV Press watch as Sri Lanka team captain Bandula Warnapura answers questions (SOT) (2 shots) 1.13
6. GV Team poses for photographs 1.21
7. GAVSHON: SV EXTERIOR Hassan Howa speaking (SOT) 1.51
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE FOUR: PAMENSKY: "As with the English team earlier this year, I see this tour as a time for cricket and cricketers. I've been absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm which Tony Apartha (phonetic) and Bandula Warnapura and their team, have shown for visiting our country."
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE FIVE: WARNAPURA: "I cannot say anything on this, sort of what punishment, or what effect it's going to have on our careers. But if you take the past, the other countries, when players have left their countries and gone. After they've been banned from playing test cricket (indistinct) their country in test cricket. Based on those things I don't think we can think of anything beyond that."
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE SEVEN: HOWA: "This tour, like the first one, is a triumph for the government's nationalist game, propaganda machine. It shows that there are black people this time prepared to condone South Africa and condone the fact that 17 per cent of black babies die before they are three months; who are prepared to condone banning and imprisonment without trial, who are prepared to condone that 90 per cent of the people live under the poverty datum line. This is what it's all about, not cricket."
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Background: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
The Sri Lankan cricket team, which defied its government and accepted an invitation to tour South Africa, arrived in Johannesburg on October 20. The 14-man team flew in from Taiwan aboard a South African Airways plane after spending three days in Hong Kong en route. They were met at the capital's Jan Smuts airport by officials of the South African Cricket Union (SACU) which organised the two-month tour. SACU president, Joe Pamensky welcomed the players, saying he was honoured they were visiting the country and that by doing so had put their careers on the line. The players themselves would not be drawn about how they thought the tour would affect their futures, leaving tour captain Bandula Warnapura to fend off reporters' questions. The tour is South Africa's third major attempt this year to break the international sports boycott caused by its race policies. Hassan Howa of the Non-White South African Cricket Board was particularly critical of the Sri Lankans for accepting the invitation.
Source: REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH/MIKE GAVSHON