British diplomats back Sri Lanka’s World Cup bid

April 27, 2007 (AFP) – The British diplomatic mission in Colombo shed diplomatic neutrality Friday to support Sri Lanka’s cricket team in their World Cup final against Australia. The top British envoy here, Dominick Chilcott, led high commission (embassy) staff in signing greetings to skipper Mahela Jayawardene and his team-mates ahead of Saturday’s game in Barbados.

“The British High Commission wish the Sri Lankan cricket team the best of luck in Saturday’s cricket World Cup final,” the mission said in a statement signed by all its staff.

“We’re hoping for a repeat of the 1996 World Cup final result. Come on you Sri Lankan Lions. Let’s hear you roar,” the message said.

Chilcott, dressed in the Sri Lankan team’s blue and yellow T-shirt, raised his hands in the air with 52 staff members in support of the Sri Lankan team.

Sri Lanka inherited cricket from Britain, which ruled the Indian Ocean island from 1815 to 1948.

During the qualifying stage Sri Lanka beat England by two runs. .