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Sarfraz named ICC Champions Trophy Team skipper

Sarfraz named ICC Champions Trophy Team skipper”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said being named skipper of the International Cricket Council's team of the Champions Trophy was the "perfect icing on the cake" of his side's stunning title triumph.

Pakistan pace bowler Hassan Ali and rookie opener Fakhar Zaman are among those to make huge gains.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Adil Rashid were the three Englishmen while Tamim Iqbal was the lone Bangladeshi in the team.

India's spin bowler Harbhajan Singh on June 20 urged cricket fans to strop trolling his former team mate Virender Sehwag for his recent tweet in which he mentioned India as the "baap", Pakistan as the "beta" and Bangladesh as the "pota". 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.

The side was picked by a jury that included former cricketers: Michael Atherton, Sourav Ganguly and Ramiz Raja. Pakistan had started disastrously when it suffered a 124-run thrashing at the hands of India, before they bounced back to defeat South Africa by 19 runs, Sri Lanka by three wickets and England in the semi-final by eight wickets. Four players from champions Pakistan made it to the team and Sarfraz Ahmed was named the captain.

"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 flawless icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement.

"But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side".

Pakistan had arrived in Britain for the eight-team, one-day global tournament as the lowest-ranked side. "I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan", Sarfraz told reporters.

"Victory in the final has its own significance, it has added to the confidence of the little-known players who performed superbly and has given a new identity to the team after losing to India", they said.



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