Mahela Jayawardene`s 2007 World Cup runner- up team has been invited by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse for tea on Wednesday (9), according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Jayantha Dharmadasa.
He further said: `The President was keen to host a dinner for the heroes but since a few team members are preparing to leave for their county assignments in England, they have been invited at the President House on 9th May for tea.`
This will be the players` first interaction with the President after their arrival from a long World Cup campaign.
The players respected towards the SLC request to return to their motherland last Thursday (3) for a felicitatin ceremony. Instead, some of the players could have easily remain in England, after they stopped there on a transit visit, to begin their respective county stints.
Unlike the Indian cricketers, who chose to fly out to different destinations on arrival without bothering to respond to the local media following their disastrous World Cup campaign, the Sri Lankan cricketers gathered at the cricket headquarters and that too after a 40-hour long journey from the Caribbean Islands.
Sri Lankan commercial Capital has been experiencing heavy showers for the last 48 hours, and many areas are still flooded, and in the midst of heavy traffic jams, players responded well to the SLC`s call. They faced a rousing welcome by their fans on their way to the cricket board from the Katunayake International Air Port.