Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sarfraz named captain of ICC Team of Champions Trophy

Sarfraz named captain of ICC Team of Champions Trophy

India didn't just lose to Pakistan, they lost to themselves as well.

This is the team which compelled us to jump out of joy in 2002 after Beating England at Lords, in 2007 after beating the same Pakistan in World T20, in 2011 after beating Sri Lanka and becoming the world champions and in 2013 (ICC Champions Trophy) and 2016 (Asia Cup) and so on.

As it turned out, against Pakistan, it was hard to tell who the frontline bowlers were - except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya, everyone went for more than seven runs per over.

It was a momentous victory for Bangladesh and the record 224-run partnership between Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan showed how they have matured as a side.

Over ten years back, on March 17, 2017, a high profile Indian team went down to Bangladesh in a World Cup game that sparked an early exit.

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".top teams in the world are very close and anyone can be beaten on a given day".

The Black Caps didn't win any of their three games in the tournament.

"Its bowling attack was brilliant with Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan contributing well throughout the tournament but the emergence of a couple of newer players in Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman, who scored a brilliant century in the final, is exciting for the future for Pakistan".

Instead, those who gathered at the religious centre in Rawalpindi delayed the food in order to watch Pakistan's historic win over India at the Champions Trophy on a giant TV screen.

"It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive", said Afridi in a column for ICC.

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Thousands of fans stayed up late across the country to welcome home members of the Pakistan squad. Thick edges and mistimed shots off bouncers would become nearly reliably fruitful for him - one particularly woeful leg-side heave in the 32nd over landing safe, just beyond midwicket. Virat Kohli's team has already proved its credentials as the best batting unit in the tournament.

Afridi said that the current team can develop into one of the top three teams in the world by the 2019 World Cup.

Virat Kohli is both India and RCB captain; he's a man with an uncompromising cricketing focus.

On the eve of the ICC's annual conference, he said: "What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens". Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20. Only two weeks ago, it was being caned at Edgbaston, with Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan coach, calling the result a "reality check" of the side's situation in one-day cricket.

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