‘Where’s the open top bus parade?’: Piers Morgan leads calls to give England cricket heroes victory parade through London to toast epic world cup win after governing body refused so team can prepare for The Ashes
- GMB presenter urged the ECB to hold a victory parade through Trafalgar Square
- Fans backed the call on Twitter, and slammed governing body for ruling one out
- England triumphed against New Zealand in a thrilling World Cup final last night
Piers Morgan today led calls to give England’s cricket heroes an open-top bus victory parade through London to toast their epic world World Cup win after the governing body refused so the team can prepare for The Ashes.
The national side triumphed against New Zealand in what is being called one of the best games of cricket ever played, which was tied twice and went down to the last ball.
As a petition calling for a parade on Change.org rapidly gained support, Piers told Good Morning Britain: ‘Where’s the open top bus parade? I want these guys on a bus going through Trafalgar Square this week.’
Piers Morgan wore an England cricket shirt on GMB this morning as he called for the England heroes to be given a victory parade
England fans celebrate on top of a Trafalgar Square fountain after watching England win the Cricket World Cup
A petition on Change.org calling for a victory parade has only reached just over 100 signatures but is rapidly gaining support
Piers’ called were for a parade to celebrate the thrilling win were echoed by England fans on Twitter
His calls were echoed by England fans on Twitter, with one writing: ‘England deserves a victory parade! We shouldn’t even be asking this has to be easily the biggest win this country has seen in ages!’
Both England and New Zealand scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 after a super over, before England won by virtue of having scored more fours and sixes.
The win prompted wild celebrations across the country, with fans jumping into the fountains on Trafalgar Square as their sporting heroes sloshed champagne and chanted in the Lord’s changing room.
The England Cricket Board (ECB) spoke with the Greater London Authority about holding a parade, but decided against hosting such an occasion given the limited time between Sunday’s final and England’s first Ashes warm-up game on July 24.
Open-top bus tours have regularly been held after major sporting victories, including the 2005 Ashes, 2003 Rugby World Cup and Liverpool winning the Champions League.
Fans were adamant one should go ahead, amid calls for the team should receive knighthoods in the next round of honours.
Ben Grounds tweeted: ‘England should go back on decision not to have an open top bus parade through the streets of London due to a quick turnaround.
‘Sporting achievements must always be celebrated and such an outpouring of national euphoria at this time would carry them into the Ashes.’
Ben Stokes celebrates with his partner Clare after he helped England to World Cup victory amid unthinkable drama in the cricket final against New Zealand
England’s Test captain Joe Root kisses his wife, Carrie, after helping England to World Cup success against New Zealand
‘England should go back on the decision not to have an open top bus parade through the streets of London,’ wrote one fan
Another fan wrote: ‘We need an open top bus parade. Thank God in my life time I’ve seen England become world champions.’
Others vented their frustration at the EBC for ruling out the celebration, with one fan writing: ‘England win at @HomeOfCricket the greatest World Cup final maybe even the greatest game of one day cricket ever played and @ECB decide not to hold a open bus parade in Central London.’
Robin Dunford added: ‘Only the old farts that run @lords cricket could put a dampener on England winning the world cup by denying them at open top bus parade. DISGRACE
‘Come on ECB. If I was Theresa May and I was on my way out and I was a massive cricket fan, I’d be handing out knighthoods.’
England fans in the ground at Lord’s react to seeing themselves on the big screen during the final against New Zealand
The win prompted wild celebrations across the country, with fans jumping into the fountains on Trafalgar Square. These fans urged the ECB to hold an open-top parade
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