Written by Bella Dalima
28 Nov, 2014 | 7:06 pm
The British and Australian High Commissioners of Sri Lanka paid tribute to late Phil Hughes, who died after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney, during a reception that was held at Westminster House.
The reception which saw the participation of both the Sri Lankan and England Cricket teams was part of the programme “Putting British Business on the Front Foot”.
Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie said:
[quote]As the national anthem played, I knew that we all shared a moment of great for Phil because this, like Australia and England, is a cricketing nation and the ripples from Phil’s death has gone far and wide throughout the day today. I also felt very proud to be a member of a nation like the UK and Sri Lanka which produces such excellent sportsmen and make such an impact in the game that people love.[/quote]
British High Commissioner, John Rankin expressed these thoughts;
[quote]Philip Huges was of course well known to the players who are with us this evening and to the wider public. He toured here to Sri Lanka with his team and also Australia in England… Giles Clarke, the England Wales Cricket Board Chairman noted today that Phil was extremely popular and hugely respected cricketer and noted that he will be missed in the world of cricket. Our thoughts and prayers are in this evening, with his family and his loved ones, and his fellow players in the Australian team, at this difficult time. Let me also note that while one of the links between our two countries is business, another great link is sport and we enjoy a long and warm relationship between our two countries in that particular arena and cricket is of course a game which brings together players and supporters in a set of shared values and commitment to sportsmanship.[/quote]
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