This is undoubtedly the single biggest event in any Sri Lankans life. The WC win was something special. It brought the divided Island together for a brief period of time. But today we are no longer divided. At least not geographically.
Of course the government could have easily arranged a cricket match and a beer afterwards to sort out everyones ‘ differences. Instead we chose a 30 plus year old civil war.
A lot of people died. A lot of people are dying or suffering. But from today they wont be caught in the cross fire.
The last bullets been fired.
The last cyanide capsules been swallowed.
I have never walked or driven on the streets of Colombo without wandering if I might one day be at the wrong end of a suicide bomb. When I go home again, that fear will be redundant
We lost our way for decades so I hope we don’t fuck up this chance we have been given to get back on track. Maybe another 500 years from now those 30 will just be a blip on a grander scale. But for now its time to ease up on our chairs and dream about Sri Lanka, for the first time, meaning more than 2/3 of the country.
When the British finally decided to move on, they left the country with a set of problems that exploded in 1983. So when we gained ‘independence’ 1948 it wasn’t true in the true sense of the word. So today is when we celebrate true independence and enjoy the ideology of ‘one state’.
From a cricketing perspective, this can only be a good thing. Of all those thousands of kids who made it out alive there might be one or two who have the special gift for the game this Island loves so much. If they can out live the worlds deadliest terrorist organisation a test match should be easier than what Phil Huges makes it out to be.
Who knows if Jaffna will unearth the next Murali or Sanath. Whether he turns out to be Tamil or Sinhalese – he will finally be 100% Sri Lankan.
And that is worth more than any silverware.