Members of Sri Lanka’s victorious Asia Cup squad will travel in a double-decker bus from Colombo and interact with fans to celebrate their success over Pakistan, officials said on Monday. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs to clinch their sixth Asia Cup title in Dubai on Sunday, bringing much joy to the people of the troubled island nation, who are battling the worst economic turmoil in several decades. The Dasun Shanaka-led team will arrive at 5 am on Tuesday and will be received by officials from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Cricket and Sports at Bandaranaike International Airport here, officials said.
Officials said the team will participate in the victory parade at 6.30 am and will take a double-decker bus tour from Colombo to Katunayake and interact with fans.
Sri Lanka’s netball team also brought laurels to the country by winning the 2022 Asian Championship on Sunday.
“Trust our cricketers… a lot of bad things are happening. As cricketers, they should also enjoy their lives, not spread bad things. They have personal lives too. Have faith, that’s the key. As a captain, I assure the players, [whatever] Yes I I can’t ask for more than this,” captain Shanaka said at the post-match conference, as Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic crisis formed the backdrop of the cricket team’s Asia Cup campaign.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who returned to Colombo from Thailand on September 2, said, “Congratulations to the #lka cricket team on their victory against #Pakistan in the #AsiaCup2022Final in Dubai. The commitment and teamwork shown by the #Sri Lanka team is remarkable.” tweeted on Sunday.
His successor, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, praised the national cricket team for winning the Asia Cup and underlined that it showed 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 Asia Cup 2022. Well played Pakistan! “Second championship for today,” he said, “it shows that with dedication and determination we can overcome challenges as a nation.” . , Onwards and above Sri Lanka!” Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, announced its international debt default in mid-April due to the foreign exchange crisis.
The acute shortage of foreign reserves has led to long queues for fuel, cooking gas and other essential items, while power cuts and rising food prices have irked people.
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