Rousing welcome awaits Team India

Updated: 26 September 2007 14:34 IST

After India's glorious win at the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final in Johannesburg, the winning team will be back in India on Wednesday morning.

Rousing welcome awaits Team India

Mumbai:

After India's glorious win at the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final in Johannesburg, the winning team will be back in India on Wednesday morning.

And not surprisingly the red carpet has been laid out. The BCCI has already set its plan in motion.

The team will parade all the way from the airport to the Wankhede Stadium in an open bus, which will be followed by a felicitation ceremony.

Also in attendance will be the big wigs of the BCCI and the state administration in a no holds barred show of joy over the team's victory in the 20-20 World Cup.

Six months ago, Indian cricket was staring into the bottom of an empty barrel. Now there is hope.

The party will begin as soon as team India land by an Emirates flight at 8:15 on Wednesday morning.

While most officials are in South Africa and will be flying back on Wednesday, BCCI's chief administrative manager Ratnakar Shetty is getting ready to play host.

"After 1971, the last time we had such celebrations when Ajit Wadekar's team was taken in an open deck bus. A similar show will happen tomorrow," said Ratnakar Shetty, Chief Administrative Officer, BCCI.

Nothing is being left to chance. Wizcraft - an event management company - has been roped in to make the day time function come alive.

A stage is being set up close to the dressing room of the stadium, where everyone is invited.

People can watch the action on giant screens inside the stadium. The event will include a felicitation ceremony, in which the BCCI will give Rs 12 crore to the team which is about Rs 80 lakh per player.

"We will give the players their cheques tomorrow," said Shetty.

The team will be received by, among other people, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil and BCCI president Sharad Pawar will be at the Wankhede.

With India becoming the 20-20 world champion, everybody in the BCCI wants to be on show.



Topics : Cricket Champions League Twenty20, 2011
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