Apr 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday evening held a reception at the Temple Trees to greet the World Cup runners up Sri Lankan cricket team.
At the reception, the President flanked by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa presented gifts to the players and specially recognized Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who is retiring from international cricket with a special gift to mark his contribution to the country’s cricket.
President Rajapaksa praised the team and expressed his appreciation on behalf of the nation to the team in reaching the second consecutive final.
“Whether you won the Cup or not, reaching the final, was a great achievement.You have done us proud,” the President said referring to Saturday’s loss to India in the World Cup final.
“Like in every sport, there had to be one winner on Saturday,” he said adding that the defeat in no way reduced the team’s effort through the long tournament.
Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath were also present at the occasion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)