ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups

Pakistani cricket fans gather outside the Karachi International airport to welcome their national team's arrival from London in Karachi on June 20, 2017, after their win in the International Cricket Championship (ICC) Champions Trophy final against India. In response, India stuttered early in the chase after Mohammad Amir struck thrice in the first powerplay after which they failed to recover and succumbed to a 180-run defeat despite a blistering 76 from Hardik Pandya. "And the players nearly drove that conversation, which for us was very new, but also showed a maturity, and the way they turned it around was unbelievable", Arthur said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced price money of Rs 10 million each for every player of the national cricket team, as a reward for winning their maiden Champions Trophy on Sunday.

The sporting rivalry between the two neighboring countries dates to 1952, just five years after independence, when India and Pakistan played their first test series.

"I hope that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it". But also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see global cricket.

Afridi also put the Champions Trophy triumph on the same pedestal as the 1992 World Cup victory. Mohan mentions this and goes on to say, "This win shows, you can never write them off".

In 2014, 66 students were kicked out of a university in Uttar Pradesh for supporting Pakistan during a cricket match. For a cricket insane country, not having played on their home ground for years is bound to take a toll.

Pakistan cricket has been suffering for a long time, most of which comes from reluctance of teams to play in Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team.

Since the departure of captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan from the 50-over format in 2015, Pakistan slumped to ninth in ODI rankings and barely managed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, contested by the top eight sides in the rankings. "There is a nice blend of youth and experience in this Indian team".

  • Julie Sanders