Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tamim in ICC Champions Trophy team

Tamim in ICC Champions Trophy team

Instead, those who gathered at the religious center in Rawalpindi delayed the food in order to watch Pakistan's historic win over India at the Champions Trophy on a giant TV screen. On the day when Pakistan lifted the ICC Champions Trophy they started trolling the former Indian opener on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The ICC side was selected by a panel that included former captains Michael Atherton (England), Sourav Ganguly (India) and Ramiz Raja (Pakistan) as well as the Editor of Wisden, Lawrence Booth, and AFP cricket reporter Julian Guyer, with the ICC's general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice, the chairman. Communities gathered around TV screens throughout the country on Sunday night to share the moment as Pakistan won its first ever Champions Trophy, just weeks after being written off following a loss in the tournament's opening match - also against India.

He appreciated collective team efforts for the scintillating win, adding that Pakistan Young guns proved their mettle.

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The side includes four Pakistanis, three Indians, three Englishmen and one Bangladeshi, with Kane Williamson of New Zealand as 12 man.

"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake", Sarfraz told the ICC website. "But I am happier and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way to the side". "The event showed the team's grit and ability to bounce back solidly when the chips are down", Sarfraz said.

Tamim was slotted in at number three in the star-studded selection of best players after driving his side to the maiden semi-final at a major global tournament.

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The News, in a editorial headlined "Champions", said: "If there is one thing you can say about the Pakistan cricket team, it is that it exists to confound everyone".

Losing semi-finalists England also provided three players in batsman Joe Root, all-rounder Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

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