Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed arrived in Karachi with the Champions Trophy on Tuesday and he was given a hero’s welcome after winning the ICC competition, beating India by 180-runs at the Oval in London on Sunday.
Hoards of fans gathered outside Sarfraz’s house creating pandemonium, forcing local police to stage a minor lathi charge. Other than this slight hiccup, it was all cheer and joy for the Pakistan fans who have had to wait for 25 years for Pakistan to bring home an ICC title. The last time it had happened, the then 44-year-old Imran Khan’s inspirational leadership guided the Pakistanis to the 1992 ICC World Cup in Australia.
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IMAGE: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed's takes a selfie with the Champions Trophy as his home is surrounded by fans. Photograph: ICC/Twitter
IMAGE: A local policeman uses a baton to disperse cricket fans gathered outside Sarfraz Ahmed's house in celebration of the Champion Trophy win. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
IMAGE: Women and children gather on a roof as they watch Sarfraz Ahmed's homecoming in Karachi on Tuesday. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
IMAGE: Pakistan cricket officials get a rousing welcome on their arrival in Karachi on Tuesday. Photograph: ICC/Twitter
IMAGE: Pakistan fans are ecstatic on the arrival of the Pakistan cricket team in Karachi on Tuesday. Photograph: ICC/Reuters
IMAGE: Sarfraz Ahmed shows off the Champions Trophy from the balcony of his home in Karachi on Tuesday. Photograph: ICC/Twitter