Sadly, the farcical end to the tournament means that quite a few of the
finalists have had to bow out under less than glorious circumstances. Among them
could be – and I emphasise the word could – Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas,
Muthiah Muralitharan, and possibly Gilchrist. Of course, it could hardly have
been the perfect farewell match for either Glenn McGrath or Russel Arnold.
What next for Sri Lanka? As I said after the match, we have made quite a lot
of progress as a unit in the last couple of years and if we continue to maintain
the professionalism that we have displayed at this tournament, there is no
reason why Sri Lanka can’t compete on a regular basis with top teams like
Australia. Sri Lanka can truly walk away from this World Cup very proud of what
it has achieved. It was very hard to get to this point.
As for my own future, the questions are now going to start all over again. My
priorities, however, are to go back to Colombo, spend a few days away from the
cricket, have a talk with Sri Lanka cricket officials, and only then decide what
I want to do. It has been an exhausting time for all of us, and while we are
disappointed at not having brought our journey to its best possible conclusion,
I think the road ahead for Mahela and his boys has never looked more promising.