India arrests 15 people for celebrating Pakistan cricket team's win

Wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz was one of four Pakistan players in the team of the tournament, along with opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who made a brilliant hundred in the final, and pace bowlers Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan.

The men were denied bail in Madhya Pradesh state after appearing in court where they were charged with sedition.

The officer said they had also been charged with criminal conspiracy after the celebrations continued for hours.

Sedition is among India's most serious charges.

If found guilty, the sentence can be a fine or imprisonment for up to three years.

"I think it'll be massive (for Pakistan cricket)", Arthur said.

India and Pakistan have had hostile relations since the violent partition of British India in 1947 and the 1965 war.

Pakistan will also receive more than Rs 20 crore from the International Cricket Council as Champions Trophy prize money.

"The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June carries a total prize money of $4.5 million with the victor of the eight-team tournament taking home a cheque of $2.2 million", the ICC announced.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through".

Things didn't improve from there, with India all out for 158 in the 31 over, as Pakistan posted a massive 180 run victory. "We don't have any previous cases or official complaints on record but those residing in Mohad have told us that this has happened before".

Following the arrests, security was ramped up to calm rising tensions. "There are around 300 families that reside there, out of which only 15 or 20 are Hindu", Pathak said.

South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan have a history of hostile relations - and have a famous rivalry on the cricket pitch as well.

Muslims in Indian Occupied Kashmir took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting "Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)" as fireworks exploded over Srinagar's skies.

  • Julie Sanders