ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Grand celebrations in Pakistan as team returns home

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

After man of the match Fakhar finished on 114, Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir ripped the heart out of the India batting line-up with the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

Sarfraz also won the Player of the Match award in the match against Sri Lanka when Pakistan, chasing 237 runs for victory, had slipped from 74 for one to 162 for seven.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

"We've got two years until the 2019 World Cup. I am confident that the faith and trust of the Pakistan cricket team will be strengthened with this performance of the side".

"So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours".

The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which included former captains Michael Atherton of England, India's Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman.

Pakistan's Azhar Ali reacts as he leaves the field after he was run out for 59 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India at the Oval in London, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

He added: "Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not just for today, not just for tomorrow, but for a very long, long time".

"We just had to keep believing ... they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the game-plan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up", said Arthur for whom this was a first major tournament success after spells in charge of both his native South Africa and Australia.

"We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions".

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

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, finished with three for 16.

"It says a lot about his personality ... but what I do know is that Mohammad Aamer is a big-match player", said Arthur.

"In the end ... you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition".

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