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A request for boycotting SL - Australia Boxing Day cricket match.
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Critics of Sri Lanka's human rights record are calling for a boycott of the national cricket team's tour of Australia and say the Boxing Day Test will be an opportunity to protest.

Two groups have called for a boycott ahead of the first Test in Hobart this week, prompting a scathing rebuke from Sri Lankan high commissioner Thisara Samarasinghe.

Claiming inspiration from the former anti-apartheid sporting sanctions against South Africa, the Tamil Refugee Council and the Refugee Action Collective in Victoria are pushing for the boycott.

However, Samarasinghe has previously dismissed claims of continued persecution of Sri Lanka's Tamil minority, describing those who have attempted to come by boat as ''economic opportunists''.

Meanwhile Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard treated the Sri Lankan cricket team to a banquet further showcasing the diplomatic acceptance of the Australian government.

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