England’s World Cup-winning cricketers are in line for top honours after their nail-biting victory over New Zealand – but have been denied an open-top bus parade.
Each member of the 15-strong squad is, according to Whitehall sources, likely to be recommended an OBE or and MBE. Some of the backroom staff, and head coach Trevor Bayliss, are also expected to be recommended.
However, it was confirmed that the cricketers would not be given a parade despite a spokesperson for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying he would “love to see a proper celebration” and would be happy to facilitate one.
Time to celebrate
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan called on Theresa May to make such an event her “last act as Prime Minister”.
“Come on @theresa_may – we must have an open-top bus parade through central London for our @englandcricket World Champions,” he tweeted.
But the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed there were no plans to give the players a parade due the limited amount of time between last Sunday’s final and the start of the Ashes on 1 August.
A spokesperson for Mr Khan said: “His team are ready and waiting to support the ECB to deliver a victory parade if they wish.”
Busy summer ahead
But the ECB said the bus parade celebrations will not happen as: “The players are mindful that winning the Cricket World Cup is just the first part of what could be a spectacular summer of English cricket.”
The spokesperson added: “They are now taking a well deserved break ahead of preparing for a Test Match against Ireland, which starts next week.”
Despite the lack of a victory parade, celebrations in the wake of the win continued as hundreds of schoolchildren turned out at The Oval to greet their champions.
The team’s first ever win has put their names in the history books as man-of-the-match Ben Stokes said he believed the match would go down as “the best ever” in the sport.
Speaking at the celebratory reception, a sleep-deprived Stokes said: “I’ve woken up in better conditions but it’s an incredible feeling. I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet but coming down here and seeing the kids, the adults, these feelings are something we will hold on to for ever.”
Mike Cherry, chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses said the weekend’s sporting schedule will have seen “pubs, bars and cafes hit a six, with punters filling up their locals to watch the final”.
Not had enough sport? There’s more to look forward to…
Sports fans coming down from the weekend’s euphoria will not have long to wait until the next big fixtures.
The 71st Ashes series between England and Australia will get under way at Edgbaston on 1 August, lasting for six weeks. The team will be hoping to ride high and capitalise on their World Cup success after being beaten by Australia in last year’s contest.
But before the Ashes starts, all eyes will be on Welsh cycling champion Geraint Thomas, who holds Britain’s next chance for sporting glory in the Tour De France. The defending champion was last night in second position after stage 10 of the Tour behind France’s Julian Alaphilippe.
The Netball World Cup final takes place this Sunday, with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in action this week.
Football fans can get behind their home team ahead of the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season, which will begin in August, while the Women’s Super League starts on 7 September. The autumn also heralds the Rugby World Cup, to take place in Japan from 20 September, which will see England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland pitted against the best in the world.
For F1 fans, Lewis Hamilton is the one to watch after winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday. The British driver is sitting pretty at the top of the championship standings following the strongest opening sequence of his career. The next Grand Prix will take place in Hockenheim, Germany, on 26-28 July.
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