RAWALPINDI – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a reception for Pakistan cricket team that recently won the Champions Trophy title on Wednesday.
According to a press release by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS hailed the team’s outstanding performance which brought much awaited jubilation for the entire nation.
He asked them to stay humble, continue working hard and be upright as they are the ambassadors of Pakistan.
On the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahryar Khan thanked the army chief for his support for bringing back the game of cricket back to Pakistan.
Moreover, PCB’s Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi expressed gratitude to the military head for all out support for holding the final of this year’s Pakistan Super League at Lahore.
The players thanked General Qamar Javed Bajwa for honouring them and recognized the contributions and sacrifices of Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism and ongoing efforts for making the country secure.
The reception followed a celebratory event at the prime minister’s house on Tueday where the premier announced monetary awards for the cricket team.
The Pakistan team led by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was introduced to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Earlier, the team was warmly received by ministers Marriyum Aurangzeb, Abid Sher Ali, Ahsan Iqbal, Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and others.
Prime Minister asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan to not plead any foreign team to visit the country. “There is no need to plead with any country to visit Pakistan,” said the premier, adding all those who want to play in Pakistan are welcome in the country.
The premier rewarded every member of the Trophy winning squad with a prize of 10 million rupees ($100 000) while members of the team management received five million rupees ($50 000).
PCB chairperson Shaharyar Khan named Sarfraz as Test captain at the ceremony. “I take this opportunity to announce Ahmed as our Test captain in addition to one-day and T20 captain,” Khan said.
The 30-year-old will lead Pakistan in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, likely to be held on the neutral venue of the United Arab Emirates in October.