Members of Sri Lanka’s victorious Asia Cup team will travel through Colombo on a double-decker bus and interact with frantic fans to toast their success over Pakistan, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka crushed Pakistan by 23 runs to win their sixth Asian Cup title in Dubai on Sunday, sparking much cheer for the people of the crisis-stricken island nation, who have been hit hard by the worst economic turmoil in decades. The Dasun Shanaka-led team will arrive at 5am on Tuesday morning and will be welcomed by officials from Sri Lanka Cricket and the Ministry of Sports at Bandaranaike International Airport, officials said.
The team will then participate in a victory parade at 6:30 a.m. and take a double-decker bus tour from Colombo to Katunayake and interact with fans, officials said.
Sri Lanka’s netball team also brought glory to the country by winning the 2022 Asian Championships on Sunday.
“Believe in our cricketers…there are many bad things going around. As cricketers they too should enjoy their lives, not spread bad things. They also have private lives. Keep believing, that’s the key. As a captain, I give trust to the players [whatever] I can. I can’t ask for more than that,” captain Shanaka said at the after-match conference, as the unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka served as the backdrop to the cricket team’s Asia Cup campaign.
“Congratulations to the #lka cricket team on the win against #Pakistan in the #AsiaCup2022Final in Dubai. The commitment and teamwork of the #SriLankan team was remarkable,” expelled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who returned to Colombo from Thailand on September 2. Sunday.
His successor, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, praised the national cricket team for winning the Asian Cup and underlined that it demonstrates that crisis-stricken Sri Lanka can overcome challenges as a nation with dedication and determination.
“Congratulations to the Sri Lankan cricket team on winning the 2022 Asia Cup. Well played Pakistan! The second championship for today,” he said, adding that it “shows that with dedication and determination we can overcome challenges as a nation.” . Onward and higher Sri Lanka!” Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million inhabitants, declared in mid-April that it would no longer pay its international debts due to the forex crisis.
A crippling shortage of foreign reserves has led to long lines for fuel, cooking gas and other necessities, while power cuts and rising food prices have wreaked havoc on people.
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