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Sri Lanka make preparations to welcome Champions

COLOMBO: The 2014 WorldT20 Champions Sri Lanka is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, where they will have an open-top parade from the Katunayake Airport to Colombo, upon their arrival from Dhaka, ARY News has learnt.

According to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), tens of thousands are expected to line the streets, with the parade set to be conducted on a much grander scale than the reception for the Asia Cup winning team, one month ago.

The victory sparked jubilation across the island, with fans' celebrations having stretched long into the night in several major centres, while Sri Lanka's team manager said the team had themselves been singing and celebrating for hours after the victory.

Sri Lanka also reclaimed the top ranking in Twenty20 cricket with the win, moving three points clear after India had briefly become the top-ranked team during the tournament. Sri Lanka had held the top ranking since their 2012 World T20 campaign.

Furthermore, the team is yet to sign its contracts with the board, having departed after a tense standoff with officials, but SLC has offered the team a sum of US $1.5 million for the victory, even as negotiations are set to resume this week.



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