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Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka to celebrate title victory with double-decker ride in Colombo

Written by Shreyas Vyas

Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka cricket team will travel through Colombo on a double-decker bus in the victory parade to celebrate their sixth title in the continental cup on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs to win their sixth Asia Cup title in Dubai on Sunday, bringing much cheer to the people of the crisis-hit island nation, who have been hit hard by the worst economic turmoil in several decades.

The Dasun Shanaka-led team will arrive on Tuesday morning at 5 am, and will be welcomed by officials from Sri Lanka Cricket and the Sports Ministry at the Bandaranaike International Airport here, officials said.

The team will then participate in a victory parade at 6.30 am, and will undertake a double-decker bus tour from Colombo to Katunayake and interact with fans, officials said.

Sri Lanka’s netball team also brought glory to the country by winning the 2022 Asian Championships on Sunday.

“Believe in our cricketersa lot of bad things are going around. As cricketers, they too should enjoy their lives as well, not spreading bad things. They have private lives too. Keep believing, that is the key. As a captain, I give confidence to the players, [whatever] I can. I can’t ask for more than that,” captain Shanaka said at the post-match conference, as Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic crisis formed the backdrop of the cricket team’s Asia Cup campaign.

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