ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday lauded the Pakistan cricket team for making the nation proud by winning the ICC Champions trophy. He was addressing a reception in Islamabad in honour of national cricket team that won ICC Champions Trophy defeating India at Oval.

The Prime Minister said players are the real heroes and leaders of the country. He lauded the Pakistan cricket team for making the nation proud by winning the ICC Champions trophy.

He said that economy of the country has been turned around and a network of roads and highways is being constructed across the country. "You are the Prime Minister, not me," he said, gesturing towards the national team. "You are the real heroes of the nation," he added.Nawaz said that he was thrilled at the performance of the national cricket team in the tournament and he had watched the whole match against India which Pakistan won by 180 runs to clinch the title.

The premier spoke about his passion for the sport of cricket, recalling that he would have trouble sleeping at times when it was time for important matches. "When I used to play cricket, I was particularly annoyed at bowlers who bowled bouncers at me," he said. "I always used to pull them for a boundary," he added.  

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Super League Najam Sethi thanked the Prime Minister for his unflinching support to revive Pakistani cricket. He said Pakistan is a resilient nation, who have defeated terrorism and sports is the best way to showcase this ability.