Sri Lanka President to watch World Cup final in Mumbai

Mahinda Rajpakse seen during a ceremony in Sri Lanka

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Mar 31, 2011

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajpaksa will be seen cheering for the Sri Lankan team as they take on India in World Cup final match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2.

Rajpaksa s spokesperson Bandula Jayasekara confirmed that Rajpaksa will be attending the match, and told PTI, “The President wants us (Sri Lanka) to win the World Cup as a tribute to Muttiah Muralitharan who retires from international cricket after this World Cup.”

Muralitharan, who played in the 1996 team, took his 534th one-day international wicket off his last ball on home soil as New Zealand were defeated in the semi-final in Colombo on Tuesday. India beat Pakistan by 29 runs on Wednesday to set up a mouth-watering final clash against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

Rajpaksa along with his three sons were keen spectators when Sri Lanka beat New Zealand at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo in semi-final match. He also visited the Caribbean to cheer for his team when they reached World Cup final against Australia in 2007.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has urged the national team to win the World Cup final as a fitting finale to the brilliant career of spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan.

Rajapakse, who will fly to Mumbai to watch Saturday’s match against India, congratulated the side on making it through to the last game and said he hoped the trophy that Sri Lanka won in 1996 would soon return to Colombo.

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