World Twenty20 Is Changing Its Water Supplier After Players In Sri Lanka Fell Sick
The official water of the World Twenty20 has been changed after several teams "have been struck down by gastric problems in the past week," according to Derek Pringle of the London TELEGRAPH. The Int'l Cricket Council has replaced LAUGFS Aqua System with a brand called American, "a considerable logistical exercise involving thousands of bottles to various hotels and cricket grounds around Sri Lanka." An ICC spokesperson said, "Although there is no evidence to suggest that the bottled water was the cause of any illness, all water products supplied in the tournament have been replaced" (TELEGRAPH, 9/25). The AFP reported that the local water supplier has "strongly defended its product." LAUGFS said that they have asked the ICC for samples "of suspect bottles of water" but received no response. LAUGFS GM Chaminda Wijesinghe said, "We have done our own tests and confirmed that there is nothing wrong with our water" (AFP, 9/25). The Women's World Twenty20 Sri Lanka kicks off on Wednesday in the city of Galle, with host Sri Lanka taking on South Africa in the opening match at Galle Int'l Cricket Stadium (ICC).