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Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup 2014 champions given rousing welcome back home

Angelo Mathews (right) greeted by Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage for winning Asia Cup 2014 © AFP
Angelo Mathews (right) shaking hands with Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on arrival back home after winning Asia Cup 2014 © AFP

Colombo: Mar 9, 2014

Sri Lankan cricket team which returned home on Sunday from winning the Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh were given a rousing welcome. The team was paraded in an open bus to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) 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.

Sri Lanka beat India in the final played in August 2010.

In the Asia Cup, which concluded at Mirpur on Saturday, Sri Lankan defeated Pakistan to win the trophy. Skipper Angelo Mathews said the team was delighted to annexe the Asia Cup, which he attributed to hard team work.

Addressing reporters, Mathews for the first time admitted to the on-going contract row with their employer, the SLC.

“Yes we have a problem and we have not signed the contracts. Hoping for a settlement of the issue soon.”

The players demand 20 per cent of money derived from International Cricket Council (ICC) events. The SLC so far have not responded positively to the demand.

The SLC sources said they were in the process of working out a different formula which would be mutually beneficial to both the administration and cricketers.

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