In a major setback for Indian cricket team, the national anthem will not be played in the matches against Sri Lanka in this ODI series.
In a mark of respect, team India stood in line and proudly sang their national anthem in the first match of this series.
However, this won't be possible in the rest of the matches as Sri Lankan cricket board have come up with new rule of singing national anthem only during the first match of format during a series.
"We have adopted the practice of singing National Anthem only at the beginning of each format of the game," Sri Lanka cricket team's media manager Dinesh Ratnasingham was quoted as saying by Pakobserver.com.
"The practice of singing National Anthem was followed in the first ODI and again it will be sung at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo before the commencement of the only T-20 match on this tour. Rest of the venues will have immediate start of the match without the Anthem Ceremony," Ratnasingham added.
Meanwhile, India won the toss and elected to field in the second ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.