Nation welcomes Pakistan cricket team
KARACHI: Winners of ICC Champions Trophy 2017-team Pakistan returned home with Champions trophy, to a grand welcome on Tuesday.
Pakistan stunned the cricketing world on Sunday when it crushed archrival and hot favourite India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval.
Players begin to return separately to their hometowns after unavailability of tickets barred them from boarding a flight together.
Four Cricketers have arrived in Lahore, Two landed in Karachi, while two others to arrive in Islamabad, as well as two en route to Peshawar and Sialkot.
Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam Ahmad Shahzad along with player of the tournament Hasan Ali landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, where they were presented with flower bouquets by Punjab provincial ministers and showered with rose petals.
Fans surrounded Hasan Ali’s car and showered it with rose petals, while the fast bowler smiled and waved from inside the vehicle. Supporters chanted “Pakistan Zindabad” when four of the players entered the public area.
A similar reception was accorded to man-of-the-match in the final, Fakhar Zaman, who smashed 114 off 106 balls, when he landed in Peshawar.
Zaman was showered with petals and fans gathered outside Peshawar airport chanted “Pakistan Zinbabad”.
Speaking to reporters from his home in Mardan, Zaman said it was his dream to score a century in the final against India, adding the team had decided in a meeting before the final that they would play aggressively.
Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Junaid Khan arrived in Islamabad where a fleet of policemen a gave guard of honour to the three players at the airport.
Sarfraz gets hero’s welcome
Captain Sarfraz Ali and Rumman Raees arrive back home in Karachi, where Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair greeted the winning captain and also presented the traditional gift of Sindhi Topi and Ajrak.
Hundreds of fans gave Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed a hero’s welcome as he arrived home carrying the Champions Trophy early on Tuesday.
The skipper displayed the Champions Trophy at the airport to the ecstatic fans. Sarfraz held up the trophy to loud cheers and chants of “Long live Sarfraz!” as a police band played patriotic songs nearby.
Sarfraz was escorted with a heavy police protocol to his residence, where several hundred fans gathered to show their support to the victorious captain.
Standing in the balcony of his house in Bufferzone, Sarfraz once again held up the Champions Trophy, much to the delight of the cheering fans. “(We won) thanks to Allah and the prayers of the whole nation,” Ahmed said in brief comments as he jostled his way through the crowd of well-wishers.
Pakistan’s victory by 180 runs on Sunday has sparked widespread celebrations in the country, where cricket is the number one sport.
Sarfraz’s residential block in central Karachi was adorned with colourful lights and Pakistan flags, while fans climbed on rooftops and balconies to watch him return home
He also snapped selfies of the memorable reception.
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Crowd outside Sarfaraz house amazed all
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And at last Thank You Sarfaraz!
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