Pakistan is a Muslim country and, despite extremists there actually trying to kill our cricket team once, a lot of Sri Lankan Muslims support them. But against our own team? I would think not really. However, HalaalSL tweeted “Muslims are requested to avoid deliberate support/overjoy in today’s match arousing the feeling of hatred among our Sri Lankan brothers-ACJU”. As in, I think, don’t support Sri Lanka too much, because other Sri Lankan Muslims might be supporting Pakistan.
Which is fine. I know a Sri Lankan who supported Australia which I found sacrilegious, but anything else is, I suppose, a matter of choice. It’s a bit odd, I mean, I think Prabhakaran even supported Sri Lanka during the cricket. It’s interesting that Pakistan, as a Muslim country, would inspire competitive sympathies to Sri Lanka, a secular one which includes Muslims.