Triumphant Pakistani team gets rousing welcome back home (see pictures)

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed lured in mass crowd after his arrival in Karachi
  • Fakhar Zaman gets rousing welcome in Mardan
  • Imad Wasim thanks cricket fans at Islamabad airport
  • Ahmed Shehzad, Hassan Ali, Fahim Ashraf welcomed at Lahore airport
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani cricket team that trounced India in the high-octane final clash of Champions Trophy 2017 arrived back home in scattered groups earning respect and well-deserved welcome from cricket fans.


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The captain Sarfraz Ahmed landed back in Karachi early Tuesday but his house was swarmed with people even before his arrival.

Sarfaraz waves at cricket fans standing atop his balcony

Roads leading to and from the captain’s house were jam-packed with supporters who kept awake to catch a glimpse of the victorious champ.

Sarfaraz strikes a pose for selfie with Champions Trophy Cup

The enthusiasm of cricket fans, rare in the case of Pakistan, was captured and widely shared as Pakistan won the title for the first time in history.

A glimpse of fans gathered in front of Sarfaraz house

Apart from Sarfaraz, several other cricketers including Fakhar Zaman, who’s performance sealed victory on Sunday was warmly welcomed.

Opener Fakhar Zaman arrives at Peshawar airport

Zaman was showered with petals and fans gathered outside Peshawar airport amid roars of “Pakistan Zinbabad”.

Talking to newsmen 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.

Fakhar Zaman talks to newsmen in Mardan

Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Junaid Khan arrived in Islamabad where a fleet of policemen gave a guard of honour to the three players at the airport.

Imad Wasim at Islamabad airport

“I wanted to play for the team, not for myself. The first priority is to make the team win,” Imad Wasim said speaking to reporters.

“Sarfaraz bhai is an excellent captain, I have been playing with him for ten years,” he added.

Former Interior Minister and PPP stalwart Rehman Malik, present at the airport to welcome the players home, congratulated the national team and the country.

Hassan Ali presented with bouquets by Punjab govt officials

Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad, Hassan Ali and Fahim Ashraf arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. They were received by provincial sports minister Jahangir Khanzada, minister for school education Rana Mashood,  Food Minister Bilal Yasin, Minister Higher Education Ali Raza Gillani and assistant to chief minister Punjab, Muhammad Malik and Mayor Lahore Col. (retd) Mubashir besides scores of other cricket-frenzy supporters.

Hassan Ali responds to crowd

It bears mentioning that some of the Pakistani players including Shoaib Malik did not arrive back in Pakistan due to personal engagements.

Fahim Ashraf welcomed

Green Shirts outperformed their arch-rivals India on Sunday in a high-octane clash at Oval by a staggering 180 runs to clinch the title of Champions Trophy for the fist time in history stunning cricket experts across the globe.