Hope teams will now come and play in Pakistan: Sarfraz

A photoshoot of Sarfraz Ahmed with the ICC Champions Trophy title also took place at the Tower Bridge in London.

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja saw him run out for 76.

Steve Smith has dropped one spot on the batting standings to 13 after India opener Rohit Sharma was rewarded for his strong Champions Trophy campaign with a three-spot rise into 10.

"I am confident that Pakistan cricket is back on track and we will see this team reach some incredible highs in the years to come, especially if the team continues to play with the kind of passion and commitment displayed in this tournament", he added. "Players like Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman were playing their first tournament and showed us that what they are capable of", said Sarfraz.

While the final of the ICC's secondary 50-over competition attracted an estimated televised audience of hundreds of millions as Pakistan crushed India at The Oval, the governing body is keen to capitalise on the exponential rise of its shortest format.

Sarfaraz went on to acknowledge the mature response he received from his side, comprised of many fresh recruits, saying, "When superstars play it is easier to guide them during a match because they don't need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations". This is what happens in sport.

The ever-dangerous Amir was the next man to take centre stage, trapping Rohit Sharma lbw for nought in the first over of the reply and then having Virat Kohli (5) caught at backward point one ball after India's captain had been put down by Azhar at first slip. They certainly played very good cricket.

"We wanted to bowl first".

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. In the final, it found a way to turn it on as a team, and ensure that any scars from that game didn't cloud their decision making on the field. The boys were really motivated today.

"With a 10-team World Cup we're hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole. It's a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us". "It has played as though it has nothing to lose, with a freedom to express its skills, which is commendable considering the situation it found itself in", Hussey, who has played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs for Australia amassing 6235 and 5442 runs respectively, added.

Hasan Ali matched Amir's three, taking the wickets of MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and JJ Bumrah.

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