15 arrested in MP for celebrating Pakistan's win

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London's Oval on Sunday in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global nations.

It all left India needing to set new tournament record for a team batting second to win if they were to retain the title they won in England four years ago. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma failed to cross the double-figures mark.

Others like captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Emad Wasim were also playing in their first Champions Trophy tournament.

Muslim villagers in India could face up to life in prison after they were arrested and charged for celebrating Pakistan's victory in the Champions Trophy.

"It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward".

The celebrations there on Sunday echoed scenes across Pakistan, as well as Indian Kashmir, where the 180-run victory was met with defiant pro-Pakistan chants from supporters waving the national flag and setting off fireworks.

India are due to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2021 but Richardson warned Monday it was by no means certain the event would go ahead, with the former South Africa wicketkeeper saying future World Twenty20s could feature up to 20 teams. "Even with the ball, they were very aggressive", he added.

For the past 4 years, Pakistan tried pacers who weren't good enough for worldwide circuit; Mohammad Irfan didn't know how to use his height as an advantage, Wahab Riaz was the left-armer with Mohammad Sami's brain and Rahat Ali who was clueless to any plan because he had no idea where the next ball would pitch.

In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan's performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed "Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak". "When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions". But Arthur insisted that reverse had been an "aberration". "We knew the calibre of players we had so we just had to keep believing".

"Certainly, it's not about me and my career but it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room, who have been absolutely fantastic for the past year". And I saw him the other day after my debut and he's said me so many things that are working for me.

"Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final", the Dawn proclaimed in its lead story.

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

"This is your trophy and we won it just because of you", Sarfraz said.

  • Julie Sanders