Sarfraz Ahmed Named Captain of ICC Team of Champions Trophy

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Sarfraz's side thrashed title-holders India by 180 runs in a remarkable final at The Oval on Sunday having been the lowest ranked of the eight nations at the outset of this one-day global tournament - which they started with a 124-run defeat to India.

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.

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

Pakistans Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawans opening partner after the youngster aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113. Pakistan then blew away hosts and favourites England in the semis, winning the match by eight wickets.

There was more good news for Pakistan in the individual rankings, with player-of-the-tournament Hasan Ali climbing 12 spots into seventh on the bowling charts, with the right-armer finding himself in the top-10 for the first time.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the official team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 earlier today.

Pakistan had entered the tournament ranked eighth on the ICC ODI Team Rankings, but courtesy its victories against higher-ranked sides, finished in sixth place, which means it now looks well set to qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Fakhar Zaman's innings and Hassan Ali's spell with the ball played crucial roles in the win. These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here.

With the exception of Zimbabwe's tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their "home" matches outside their own country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore. "The event showed the team's grit and ability to bounce back solidly when the chips are down", Sarfraz said.

"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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