Pakistan cricket back on track with Champions Trophy win: Shahid Afridi

The previous ICC World T20s have been held in South Africa, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India

Pakistan cricket back on track with Champions Trophy win: Shahid Afridi

"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".

"And this is Our Balochistan".

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.

"And this is.Srinagar!" he wrote. "I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan", Sarfraz told reporters.

The ICC Champions Trophy final win against India helped Pakistan vault to the No.6 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day International (ODI) rankings, thereby helping them to inch closer to securing a direct entry to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has described the "surreal" feeling of watching his side bounce back from a drubbing by India in its tournament opener, reported the ICC.

Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam Ahmad Shahzad along with player of the tournament Hasan Ali landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, where they were presented with flower bouquets and showered with rose petals. When we arrived, we were No. 8 in the world.

Their confidence was dented when they suffered a thumping loss to arch-rivals and neighbours India in their opening match of the campaign and the limp performance put Pakistan's chances of reaching the semi-finals in severe jeopardy. "We are so excited when we win and so devastated when we lose".

"So that's fantastic. But the credit goes to the players. And the players nearly drove that conversation, which for us was very new, but also showed a maturity, and the way they turned it around was unbelievable".

The match was also technically very good.

"I hope that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it".

And Arthur believes the triumph would serve as a catalyst in reviving global cricket in Pakistan.

In an editorial titled "Victory is sweet", the Express Tribune said: "When you are an underdog in a high-octane tournament final and your highly-regarded opponent is the defending champions, hardly anyone has any expectations of you - except of course your cricket-mad 200 million plus compatriots". "Much like baseball, it's about the pitching as much as it is about how many home runs you make".

A marketing executive said the new players would also earn a lot now from endorsements after the Champions Trophy victory.

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