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Sri Lanka's Cricket Team Must Wait to Return Home


Sri Lanka's national cricket team will have to wait until Friday to leave New Zealand, as players anxiously attempt to get home following this week's devastating tsunami.

No flights were available for the Sri Lanka team, which canceled its tour of New Zealand after this week's disaster. No players lost close relatives in the tsunami disaster, though the mothers of two players were injured.

New Zealand and Sri Lanka agreed to cancel the tour Wednesday so that players could return home. The International Cricket Council agreed to the move, and said its normal penalties would not be imposed in this case.

The death toll in Sri Lanka from Sunday's tsunami is more than 22,000 people. New Zealand is hoping to reschedule the tour within the next two years.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.