PESHAWAR, June 21 (APP): Champions team star left-arm pacer Junaid Khan
Wednesday received heroic reception soon after reaching at the Swabi-interchange via Islamabad with hundreds and thousands of his vociferous fans were there holding rose petals.
There were great number of his fans, relatives, well-wishers and members
of the local association, his fans from his native village Dagai, Swabi, situated from 80 km from the provincial capital Peshawar, came here and well come Junaid Khan who played a key role in team Pakistan success against arch-rival India.
Junaid Khan has taken five wickets in the last two matches and played a
key role as pacer in the team success.
“It really sudden me while not playing against India in the group match
but when given chance of come back, I tried hard to be there as a team member,” Junaid said while talking to media persons.
He said owing to prayers of the whole nation that Pakistan cricket team
won the prestigious title which certainly developed Pakistan image internationally.
He hoped international cricket would come to Pakistan soon as we played
positive and focused cricket.
“The team have no pressure what so ever while playing against India in
the grand final of the Champions Trophy,” he said, adding, losing against India in the first match sadden me and the whole team and cricket enthusiasts back home so we entered into the final with just one goal to win it.
“We played like a team and every member of the team delivered their best
in the final.”
He said with the victory in the Champions Trophy, the negative
perception of the foreign players against Pakistan would be changed and they would prefer to visit Pakistan for playing cricket.
Answering a question about Pakistan Premier League, Junaid Khan said
that through PPL many talented cricketers come up at national and international levels like Fakhar Zaman, Roman Rais and Hasan Ali who performed extra-ordinary for Pakistan.
Junaid Khan said that soon after Eid ul Fitar he would go for playing
county cricket in England.
“We enjoyed the victory against India. The credit goes to our support in
England based Pakistanis and the whole nation back home for their prayers during the Holy Month of Ramazan,” Junaid Khan said.
Earlier, in a long procession, Junarid was taken to his native village,
Reaching at his villages there were thousands of his fans,
well-wishers, relatives welcomed him.