Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka return home to rousing reception
Sri Lankan cricket team which returned home from winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh were given a rousing welcome in Colombo on Sunday.
Sri Lankan cricket team which returned home from winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh were given a rousing welcome in Colombo on Sunday. (All images from AFP and AP)
The team paraded in an open bus to the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters where large crowds were thronged along the route from the international airport to greet the champion team.
This was Sri Lanka's first major international trophy since they won a triangular home series involving India and New Zealand in August 2010.
Skipper Angelo Mathews said the team was delighted to annexe the Asia Cup which he attributed to hard team work.
Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage (R) shakes hands with Kumar Sangakkara as he and other cricketers return victorious to Colombo on March 9, 2014.
Lasith Malinga was the crowd favourite as he took 11 wickets in the tournament to jointly lead the wickets tally with Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.