Friday, May 4, 2007

lions Came Back

Grand welcome as Sri Lanka World Cup cricketers arrive

Sri Lanka's World Cup cricketers returned to the island this morning with a grand welcome from fans and government officials.

After being stranded in London following the cancellation of their Emirates flights to Colombo, the team arrived here in a Qatar Airways flight. The team, led by skipper Mahela Jayawardane, was received at the VIP lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport where Buddhist monks, Hindu and Catholic priests, and Muslim clerics conducted services to bless them.
A series of welcoming ceremonies was held along the road from Katunayake to Colombo’s Independence Square, where a grand welcoming ceremony was held. Sri Lanka lost to Australia in Saturday's final in Barbados.

The success of Sri Lanka’s cricketers has united the country in unprecedented ways. Even the Tigers stopped their attacks to watch the matches.