ICC U-19 World Champions Bangladesh team were given a hero’s welcome when they returned home Wednesday afternoon.
The young Tigers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4:52pm. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan welcomed the team at airport.
They will now be escorted to the Home of Cricket, Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, where skipper Akbar Ali will attend a press conference.
Hundreds of jubilant spectators are waiting at Sher-e-Bangla to receive the Young Tigers, shouting ‘Bangladesh, Bangladesh’ at the top of their voice.
As per the latest plan, after coming to BCB and attending a press conference, most of the players will stay at the National Academy tonight. They will go back to their homes on Thursday morning.
Bangladesh beat four-time champions of U-19 World Cup India in the final by three wickets on February 9 at Potchefstroom, South Africa. Captain Akbar Ali demonstrated ultimate patience to seal the game chasing 178 runs (which was later revised to 170 due to rain) after losing six wickets for 102.
Akbar was later adjudged the man of the final for this match-winning knock.
It was Bangladesh’s first-ever world cup title in any level of cricket. Bangladesh never advanced to the final of any world cup before. Akbar and his team conquered the world at the first chance they got and created history.