Williamson 12th man in Trophy team

In March, Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and head of the ICC's Pakistan task force had said that they want to give Pakistan fans the chance to see the world's best players in live action.

"The stars aligned for Pakistan on a bright Sunday in South London when they cut their old rivals down to size to win their maiden Champions Trophy crown", The News said.

2014: India were leading the five-match home series 2-1 before a standoff between the West Indies players and their board saw the team abandon the tour.

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

After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir's figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets.

Despite being disappointed, Kohli, at the post-match presentation ceremony, said: "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an wonderful tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have". They go and fight in the ring for us.

The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets, and his team mate Junaid Khan.

On Sunday, Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman couldn't resist the length ball outside off stump, so he poked at it and only nicked it. Both cricketers were presented with traditional Sindhi shawls and caps at the lounge as fans, and airport officials didn't miss an opportunity to take selfies with their heroes. Imran said that Pakistan had produced several champions in corruption, an obvious reference to his political opponents. "But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India", Raju Verma, an auto driver, told AFP.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

"But the thing about that [initial] loss, and I think we clarified it at that time, was we knew that was an aberration".

The match was also technically very good.

"We have not hosted any global team for the last 8 or 9 years, Pakistani players are barred from playing in the IPL (Indian Premier League), but I'm sure with this victory our players will get more opportunities".

  • Joanne Flowers