Tamim in ICC Champions Trophy team

The saffron outfit's comment came two days after arch- rivals Pakistan defeated the Indian cricket team by 180 runs to lift the coveted trophy in London.

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

"Not just today, not just tomorrow, this day will be remembered in Pakistan for years to come", said a beaming Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed as he made a passionate plea to other nations to play worldwide cricket in their country. He said all the players deserve huge amount of praise.

Sarfraz held up the trophy to loud cheers and chants of "Long live Sarfraz!" as a police band played patriotic songs nearby.

She goes on to mention that her "colleague who had only a day earlier tweeted a crude slur on Pakistan confessed he had watched everything there was on YouTube about Sarfraz Ahmed". Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him with the next ball.

She said that India may have lost the final, but many of them had won something more valuable than trophies, which was the "tag of being a good sport".

No major cricketing nation has toured Pakistan since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka team back in 2009.

He said this is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long.

"The atmosphere around the ground was sensational and was great to see so many people enjoying seeing Pakistan taking their first global 50-over title since 1992".

Pundits have credited the Pakistan Super League - the country's Twenty20 franchise tournament, for unearthing new talent such as explosive opener Fakhar Zaman and man of the tournament Hasan Ali. When we arrived here, we just played like we have nothing to lose.

"This was a young team", Sarfraz said.

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

With Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also coming of age, Pakistan's batting lineup appears to have the right blend of youth and experience, boosted by the solidity of former captains Azhar, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after the youngster aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113.

  • Julie Sanders


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