The West Indies team arrived home to cheering fans, celebrating its surprise victory in the Champions Trophy.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
Bridgetown:The West Indies team arrived home to cheering fans, celebrating its surprise victory in the Champions Trophy in England and recalling the devastating hurricanes that inspired the to win. "We all lay in our beds very comfortably while our people in the Caribbean were fending for their lives," captain Brian Lara said. "It was the catalyst for this very young team for what they achieved in England over the past three weeks," he said. 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. Lara, manager Tony Howard and the team arrived in Barbados after their 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 beat Bangladesh and South Africa in the qualifying round and Pakistan in the semifinals before facing England. The team arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport and was met by Teddy Griffith, president of the West Indies Cricket Board, and government and other cricket officials. Former West Indies players, led by legendary allrounder Sir Garry Sobers, also greeted them. (AP)