Players of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy winning squad received a hero’s welcome with when they landed separately in their respective hometowns in the early hours of Tuesday.
The captain of the side Sarfraz Ahmed along with Rumman Raees arrived at Jinnah International airport Karachi. While, Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, Fahim Ashraf and Hasan Ali landed at Allama Iqbal International airport. The proud of Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman along with another player reached Peshawar. Whereas, two players landed in Islamabad.
Despite of early hours of the day, there was a huge crowd present at all the airports to receive their Champion players showering flower petals on them, players were presented with bouquets, and monuments by ministers of the respective cities or province then they were escorted in VIP protocol to their residence.
Police band played their tunes as their tribute to the team.
Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar and Governor Sindh, Muhammad Zubair welcomed Sarfraz Ahmed and Rumman Raees at the Jinnah International airport and greeted them with traditional presents of Ajrak and Sindhi Topi.
Sarfraz Ahmed in a short statement said, “(We won) thanks to Allah and the prayers of the whole nation.”
Sarfraz reached his home in Bufferzone, where a huge crowd was gathered to see him, there were Pakistan flags, chants of Pakistan Zindabad to stir the air with emotions. It took around half an hour for him to enter his house.
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The super skipper appeared in his balcony held up the Champions Trophy and the whole moment echoed with the chants of Pakistan Zindabad.
“This is your trophy and we won it just because of you,” he said amid the loud chants.
On the other hand, Rumman Raees expressed his excitement saying that he did not sleep for two days.
“I dedicate the win to the whole nation and we enjoyed the victory a lot, congratulations to the whole country,” Raees said.
Fans were present at airport at 02:30 AM, they were chanting Pakistan Zindabad slogans and were eager to see their heroes.
There were banners that bore messages like “Champion of champions. Team Pakistan! Welcome back after such a tremendous victory.”
Hasan Ali reached his hometown, whereas Fakhar Zaman is on his way to his native area after receiving an overwhelming welcome at the Peshwar airport.
Parents of all these cricketers are extremely proud of them, these moments of celebrations are expected to be continued late in the day today.
Pakistan bulldozed the arch-rivals India in the final of the Champions Trophy to win the multi-nation cricketing event for the first time. The Men in Green were least favourites to win it.