India arrests villagers for cheering Pakistan cricketers

The Champions Trophy final was the second India vs. Pakistan match of the tournament.

Gaining sweet revenge over India, Pakistan thrashed their archrivals by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.

The music bands greeted the players by playing different melodies, and the traditional gifts of Sindhi Topi and Ajrak were presented to the skipper.

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed and team mates celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy. He said all the players deserve huge amount of praise.

It is also believed that with the next edition of the tournament being held in India in 2021, only England could sell out games involving neutral sides due to their expat population.

"The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable", said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a "positive story" for cricket.

An easy, 124-run India victory in a group stage match on June 6 made Pakistan's utter domination of India on Sunday's final all the more shocking.

"They both, on the face of it, meet the majority, if not all, of the full member criteria that has been set. So, to watch some of these really stellar performances, handsome performances, by some of these young cricket stars, who have been unheard of before this tournament - to watch them mature throughout the games, and to watch the team peak at just the right moment, to bring home the trophy, was like a dream come true for all of us".

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

The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease.

The next Champions Trophy scheduled in India could be scrapped to accommodate two World Twenty20 Championships in a four-year cycle, the International Cricket Council's CEO David Richardson has revealed.

The country has a tradition of producing exciting fast bowling talent and 25-year-old Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, 27, can be expected to spearhead the pace attack at the next World Cup.

Mohammad Hafeez has gained two slots to reach 20th rank while opener Azhar Ali has moved up 11 slots to 31st position.

Earlier, it was Hasan Ali's three wicket haul that dented England's momentum and restricted them to 211 runs after they were inserted into batting first.

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team", coach Mickey Arthur said.

  • Julie Sanders