ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sunday congratulated the nation and the national cricket team over their historic victory in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy against India.
In her congratulatory message, the minister said that such a comprehensive victory was the result of excellent team work in which the batsmen, bowlers and fielders contributed to the best of their abilities. "The victory is a manifestation of the fact that green shirts can beat the best teams of the world. The cricket team, by winning the prestigious Champions Trophy, has given an Eid gift to the nation in advance," she said.
"The green shirts rise to the hopes of millions around the world and the message is resounding, there is no equal. Congratulations Pakistan, Sarfraz and the boys - well done Team Pakistan," she said.
The minister said that the team, which did not get an ideal start in the tournament, worked very hard under the leadership of the newly-appointed captain Sarfraz Ahmed and turned the tables on India by trouncing them with such a big margin. "The credit for the victory goes to the team as well as the management. The entire nation was praying for their victory," she said.
The minister said that sports and cultural activities were a source of strength for any nation as they promoted healthy and positive thinking that leads to peace and tranquility in a society. "Therefore, it is imperative to invest heavily in promoting sports, particularly cricket which was a passion for every Pakistani. The team won mainly due to the performance of young cricketers which underlines the need for continuous efforts to hunt for fresh talent," she said.
Meanwhile, in a tweet she said: "Green shirts have risen to the hopes of millions around the world. Message is resounding there is no equal. Congrats to entire nation, Sarfraz and boys."