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Miltonians celebrate Pakistan’s win for the ICC Champions Trophy

Miltonians gathered today in a spontaneous car rally and park gathering, which topped 500 attendees, to celebrate Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions Trophy! Miltonian, Naeem Tariq says, “Pakistanis celebrated together to celebrate the biggest win of the season ICC Champions trophy in Wales 2017! Pakistan’s win was its first for the title. Initially Pakistan lost the first match against India and ended up in the last position of the ranking, however with determined effort and [a] great come back, Pakistan reached to the finals.” Tariq is also the head of the Milton-based Event Ontario Softball Cricket League (EOSCL).

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch. The game is played by 120 million players in many countries, making it the world’s second most popular sport. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an inning. There are two umpires that are required to take decisions during the game. (Source: EOSCL)

Says Tariq, the India and Pakistan cricket match is “always interesting and nail biting to watch. That’s exactly what happened today, India won the toss and elected to field. Initially Pakistan was slow in making runs, but as the game progressed, Pakistan’s batting line became a run machine…Pakistani bowlers won the match by 180 runs.”

“Sarfaraz dhoka nahi day ga” means “Sarfaraz will not let us down!”

This is the message in Urdu which had gone viral after Pakistan made it into the championship—the phrase is named for Pakistan’s Captain Sarfaraz, whom Tariq says “led millions of Pakistanis all over the world to celebration” with the team’s victory today.

Pakistani residents of Milton gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the victory. Families and kids were excited to participate in the spontaneous car rally through the town of Milton to show their affection for the game of cricket.

A great gift on Father’s day for all the “grown up boys!” says Tariq.