Triumphant Windies cricket team arrives home

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bridgetown:The triumphant West Indies team arrived home to a rousing welcome with a strong contingent of cheering fans, celebrating its surprise but remarkable victory in the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy in England and also spared a thought for the devastating hurricanes that inspired the Carribeans to win.

"We all lay in the comforts of our beds while our people in the Caribbean were battling for their lives. It was the catalyst for this very young team for what they achieved in England over the past three weeks," West Indies skipper Brian Lara said.

It may be mentioned here that Hurricane Ivan killed nearly 70 people in the Caribbean - 39 in Grenada alone - while Jeanne was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,500 people, mostly in Haiti.

Captain Lara, manager Tony Howard and the team arrived in Barbados after their stupendous victory by two wickets over England in Saturday's final at the Oval ground in London.

It was the West Indies' first victory in a major tournament since it won the World Cup in England in 1979, also by defeating England.

The West Indies downed Bangladesh and South Africa in the qualifying round and upstaging Pakistan in the semifinals before facing England.

The team fetched up at Grantley Adams International Airport and was received by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Teddy Griffith, and other cricket officials. Former West Indies players, led by legendary all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers, also greeted them.

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