ICC Brings Loud, Loud Sri Lankan Daddy Groups To Play T20 World Cup In Dubai



Contagious music from the hugely popular Sri Lankan paparous bands will soon be heard at the T20 World Cup.

Hundreds of Sri Lankan cricket fans in the UAE were disappointed when asked not to bring musical instruments to UAE stadiums during T20 matches.

Groups of families carrying drums in Sunday’s game against Bangladesh have been turned back by security at Sharjah cricket stadium. They were allowed in after they put the drums back in their cars.

Drums, cymbals and trumpets make up the papar music that is at the heart of the cricket experience in Sri Lanka.

The bands often follow the Sri Lankan cricket team around the world and the instruments have been licensed in previous games in the United Arab Emirates.

Win or lose, we want to cheer on our team and this music is part of us.

Dimantha Mark, Sri Lankan cricket fan

The ICC said the venues would now be “happy to accommodate musical instruments.”

“There were certain restrictions under the terms and conditions of the sites that had to be observed,” an ICC spokesperson said. The National.

“Some instruments were not authorized, but we are liaising with the sites and our security advisers to lift these restrictions, as we understand the need to strengthen the atmosphere.”

Sri Lankans say they grew up with papar music which is a staple in cricket matches of all skill levels.

Sports fans are delighted that their special music is dissipated in time for the matches against Australia and South Africa on Thursday and Saturday.

“We need our music, we need the papare. It’s not the same in stadiums when you’re cheering without the paparian, ”said George Hettiaratchy, a Dubai resident.

“We love to sing, dance and enjoy our cricket. This is how Sri Lankans enjoy games. We have assured ICC that we will follow all safety guidelines. “

Describing themselves as “music lovers who love the popular music of the paparas,” several fans have written to the ICC asking for permission to take the instruments to the stadiums.

They said papare groups were allowed during cricket matches in the Emirates in 2011, 2013 and 2017-19.

During this year’s T20 World Cup matches, music is played over the public address system and drummers in traditional costumes can be seen near the border.

But fans said it wasn’t the same as bringing their own musical instruments to play familiar tunes viewers enjoyed.

In the past, the Sri Lankan community has banded together to send paparous musicians from their home countries to the United Arab Emirates.

With less money during the Covid-19 pandemic, they decided to rely on local musicians for T20 matches.

“This time it was difficult to get sponsors, but if we qualify for the semi-finals, we will bring 100% papare from Sri Lanka,” Hettiaratchy said.

Sri Lankan national Dimantha Mark and his son practice songs before big games. He said the children were disappointed that they were not allowed to enter with drums for Sunday’s game when Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh.

“We had to walk a few miles back to keep the drums in the car,” he said.

“We tried to explain to security that we had taken the drums for the previous matches. Win or lose, we want to cheer on our team and this music is part of us.

During the 2011 World Cup, Sri Lankan officials banned drumming and bands from the venue, as well as a ban on defamatory banners, posters and glass bottles for security reasons.

The ban on musical instruments was later lifted following objections from fans.

Update: October 28, 2021, 6:27 a.m.



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