Former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and MP Thilanga Sumathipala called on all Sri Lankans to show solidarity towards the country and back the Sri Lanka cricket team at this year’s World Cup.
Addressing an event in Colombo yesterday, Mr. Sumathipala said “it was sad to see some Sri Lankans backing Pakistan at the last match against Sri Lanka where the former emerge victorious by 13 runs.”
He said all households should fly the national flag in their respective homes whenever there is a national event.
He added that it was sad to see even those who were living in government housing schemes backing Pakistan during the match. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 25
DireStraits Thursday, 03 March 2011 04:51 AM
How about you take action and get some ear plugs?
nsk Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:34 AM
only in this country u see srilakan born australians, indians, pakistanis, and even englishmen. for every one who is supporting other countries pls remember U EAT,LIVE AND EARN from this country only. stupids if u dont like the team keep ur mouth shut without supporting other countries, and dont mix politics with the game.!!!!!!!!!!!
Farzan Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:36 AM
Please don't be smart by isolating one community indirectly. I hope you watched the T20 world cup in England. There our Sri Lankan team was cheered by most of the Sri Lankan expatriates and students.
Like wise here also may be Pakistan expatriates may work, they will support their nation like what we do in abroad.
Please try to understand the fact. In Sri Lanka, other citizens also live. please don't try to policalize the sports.
gona Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:45 AM
That I am sure of, however is the team good enough to win? Just check out the England batting line up, then India, then SA, Australia and finally Pakistan. SL batting is poor as seen in the Kenya game, mishits galore, Compare that to say England or India, It is time the SL players stepped up and proved themselves.
Turf Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:51 AM
What is bet we will win the world cup
Rohan kariyawasm Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:44 AM
We have murali who speaks only sinhala and we have dilshan who is a muslim and has become sinhalese not only changing hi name but also only speak sinhala so all commmunities support SL cricket
Rizwan Thursday, 03 March 2011 05:35 AM
What about Australian born sri lankans backing sri lanka while playing in Australia Mr. Sumathipala ?
Guru Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:01 PM
First of all some one has to take action to stop the drums and music, which is a total nusense during the match. It happens only when SL is playing and it's so annoying.
Victoria Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:39 PM
No more bets - Sri Lanka is the best
Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 03 March 2011 01:25 AM
What you done in the cricket board is all knowns.
MagodisThuma Thursday, 03 March 2011 01:29 AM
Yes I agree... sad to see some Sri Lanka born Muslims shouting for Pakistan !.
MagodisThuma Thursday, 03 March 2011 01:31 AM
Ok I bet 10Million Rs...!
malkanthi Thursday, 03 March 2011 06:01 AM
Racism isn't born, it's taught. Division is wrong when it is forced by the majority, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by the minority.
don Thursday, 03 March 2011 01:55 AM
Wanna explain everything blue at the matches?
Bookiya Thursday, 03 March 2011 06:13 AM
how can you talk about whats right and wrong, you are a cheap corrupt businessman who will do anything for financial gain. get a life !!!!!!!!!!!!
PKB Wednesday, 02 March 2011 01:52 PM
Again & again I'm telling you guys SL has no chance for this WC Our great batsman Aravinda did a big mistake by leaving out Vass & SJ.. It's SA who gonna take the cup...
Fayad Thursday, 03 March 2011 02:48 AM
only way to get a permanent place in the national team.
Ravana Thursday, 03 March 2011 03:00 AM
Well said sir !
Chandra Thursday, 03 March 2011 03:00 AM
You may not be Sri Lankan
surangani Wednesday, 02 March 2011 03:33 PM
You cannot win the world cup when the GOSL media is accusing the players of match fixing for loosing a match! This is not the way to unite a team or a nation by letting them down when they are in a big mission!
TRUTH Wednesday, 02 March 2011 03:38 PM
I DONT THINK A THUG HAS TO REMIND OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
WE ARE FOR SRI LANKA
noxurs Thursday, 03 March 2011 03:44 AM
You better talk about horses and not about cricket.
mahe Wednesday, 02 March 2011 04:50 PM
Yes correct Mr. Sumathipala. It was so sad some of Sri Lankans not only supporting Pakistan but they insulted Sri Lankan cricketers too.
citizen1 Wednesday, 02 March 2011 04:54 PM
Exactly! And what matters if you are polite to visiting team and show true sportsman-like qualities. Obviously cheer more vigourously for our team!!
Chenny Thursday, 03 March 2011 04:35 AM
SJ is not a batsman anymore, he is a dirty politician. Wake up!
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