PM announces Rs10m for newly crowned ICC champs

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced Rs10 million each for players of the national team after Pakistan’s historic victory against India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Pakistan defied the odds to overwhelm arch-rivals India by 180 runs and pull off a major upset in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.

The team returned to monstrous pop from fans early on Tuesday. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed held up the trophy to loud cheers and chants of “Long live Sarfraz!” as a police band played patriotic songs nearby.

Pakistan’s victory by 180 runs on Sunday has sparked widespread celebrations in the country, where cricket is the number one sport. Sarfraz was showered with bouquets and given a traditional skull cap and an ‘ajrak’ shawl, which is usually presented as a mark of honour.

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.

Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman landed at Peshawar Airport where hundreds of people welcomed him. While talking to media, Zaman said that this is the best Eid gift to Pakistnai nation. 

"We played every match as the last match," he said. 

He further stated that he enjoyed playing Indian bowler Ashwin most because he is a important bowler for his team. 

Furthermore, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan reached Islamabad where government officials and fans welcomed them. Hasan Ali landed at Lahore Airport where City Mayor and PCB officials welcomed him. 

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