Pakistan cricket’s team captain Sarfaraz believes that the stunning 180 run win against their rivals India could serve as a gateway for international cricket in Pakistan.
Despite being knocked down by India during the first match, Pakistan, in the captainship of Sarfaraz, made an astounding comeback and outclassed India at the Oval by 180 runs. Through true hard work and struggle, Pakistan ended up glorious and won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 despite being ranked number 8th. Pakistan completely thrashed India in the finals restricting them to only 156 runs while Pakistan left Indians with 339 runs to chase. Pakistan demonstrated true unity and sportsmanship in the tournament. Amir performed incredibly well. Nearly 7 years ago in the same country; England. Amir was caught involved in a match-fixing scandal and was banned from cricket. Not only after 7 years ago, Amir proved himself once again, he made a statement for himself. Micky Arthur praising the young talent mentioned:
“It says a lot about his personality […] but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player.”
Despite the recent attack on a concert in Manchester and The London Bridge attack, the tournament progressed with great security and caution. A one-minute silence was observed to remember the lost victims before the beginning of the tournament.
Exile from International Cricket
Pakistan has played most of its international games out of the country in the captainship of Sarfaraz. Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan in 2015 welcomed the first international cricket event after a lot exiled years. Ever since the terror attack on Sri Lankan team in 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan was isolated from hosting international cricket events. Hopeful for the future, Captain Sarfraz quoted:
“I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan.”
Sarfraz believes that Pakistan’s incredible performance and passion will invite international cricket to Pakistan. Pakistanis are hopeful for the International cricket to return to Pakistan. Despite lacking the international experience in their homeland, Pakistan proved that with hard work and struggle everything is possible.