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Sri Lanka set for heroes' welcome

Andrew Fidel Fernando

April 7, 2014

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Cricket fans rejoice after Sri Lanka beat India in the World T20 final, Colombo, April 6, 2014
Sri Lanka's victory sparked jubilation across the island, with fans' celebrations having stretched long into the night © Associated Press
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Sri Lanka's returning World T20 champions will have an open-top parade from the Katunayake Airport to Colombo, upon their arrival from Dhaka on Tuesday, SLC has confirmed. The team is scheduled to arrive in the country at 3pm, with the parade to begin at 4pm. Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets, with the parade set to be conducted on a much grander scale than the reception for the Asia Cup winning team, one month ago.

The team is yet to sign its contracts with the board, having departed after a tense standoff with officials, but SLC has offered the team a sum of US $1.5 million for the victory, even as negotiations are set to resume this week.

The board had initially offered a participation fee of $500,000, a further $250,000 if the team were to reach the final, and another $250,000 for winning the tournament, but that pay structure had seemingly been rejected by the players, who wished to have a 12% cut of the ICC's tournament payment to SLC reinstated in their contracts. If the $1.5 million is accepted by the players, they will have received a figure roughly equivalent to 17% of the funds SLC is expected to receive from the ICC.

Congratulations for the Sri Lanka team had poured in from around the world, with Jason Gillespie, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan among those voicing their appreciation on twitter. At home, a host of local celebrities have joined the chorus.

The victory sparked jubilation across the island, with fans' celebrations having stretched long into the night in several major centres, while Sri Lanka's team manager said the team had themselves been singing and celebrating for hours after the victory. Sri Lanka also reclaimed the top ranking in Twenty20 cricket with the win, moving three points clear after India had briefly become the top-ranked team during the tournament. Sri Lanka had held the top ranking since their 2012 World T20 campaign.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Congratulate Lankin's

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 10, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

Most hearty CONGRATULATIONS to SL I first started watching cricket when SL visited NZ with Ranatunga leading the team. In that series SL looked like a team barely able to get a wicket - I remember Martin Crowe scoring 299 in a Test match only to get out to Ranatunga. Since then, SL has gone on to with 2 WC's!! SL is the most improved side in cricket and Jayawardene & Sangakara deserve to bow out as winners.

Posted by Fakhre-Alam on (April 8, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

welldone lanka. SL is the only team i love so much other than pak team. players are very nice and humble. a well deserved victory. Love from Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

it is really a shame that some indian fans attacked yuvis' house. some indian fans try to underestimate sri lankan victory. stop talking rubbish and try to admire winners. try to live like a gentleman coz this is a gentlemans game.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

We are waited 18 years for this beautiful moments. Congratulations my btothers.we love you.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

yeaaah.. we are crazy fans of cricket..we gave heroic welcome when we win or lose.

Posted by rk_ks on (April 8, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

@THEBEAST7: I do agree that throwing stones at Yuvraj house was bad thing. Bu you love your cricketers no matter what. Read the comments when SL lost to England and you will know the support you are talking about. And read the comments again when SL lost the last four worldcups. You will have a clear answer. Don't try to project that SL people are worlds best in everything. It's the common attitude of a human being and Indian fans took this personall which is very wrong.

Posted by Binyoo on (April 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Well Done Sri Lanka. U fully deserve this honor. I always admire your potential of playing as a unit. I hope we (Pakistani team) could learn from it.

Posted by rk_ks on (April 8, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

@Ramansilva: No it was team which won 3 finals out of 4 in the last 8 years in global tournaments, unlike a team which won 1 out 5 and that too won the final because, they were already playing in from like 200 years continuosly. Where as India team just arrived in Bangladesh and started performing well.

Posted by shane-oh on (April 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

@siddharth_r2001 and @wonderstar1 - gosh, do either of you realise just how bitter and sour you sound?

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