U19 cricketers return home to a hero’s welcome with Bangladesh’s first World Cup trophy

  • Sports Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2020-02-12 19:55:03 BdST

The under-19 cricket team have brought home Bangladesh’s first World Cup trophy with cheering crowds of overjoyed fans waiting for them at the Dhaka airport and stadium.

They headed straight to the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur for a gala reception after being showered with flowers at Shahjalal International Airport.

Akbar Ali and Co left Bangladesh quietly on Jan 3, but the scene was different on Wednesday afternoon when the flight carrying them landed in Dhaka as hundreds of enthusiastic fans thronged the airport.

The Mirpur stadium, home of Bangladesh’s cricket, has been bedecked for the warm reception. They young cricketers are scheduled to join a dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board after a news conference there.

They dethroned defending champions India to claim the title with a three-wicket victory in a tense chase in the final in South Africa’s Potchefstroom on Feb 9.