Sarfraz Ahmed: I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket

Jun 20, 2017, 04:29 IST | PA Sport

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Sarfraz Ahmed is hoping Pakistan's surprise victory in the Champions Trophy final can be a game-changer for his country's cricket future.

A maiden hundred from novice international opener Fakhar Zaman and then Mohammad Amir's superlative new-ball spell of three for 16 proved way too much for hot favourites India, defeated by 180 runs at The Oval.

"I hope everyone will remember this win, not today, not tomorrow, but for a very long, long time," he said.

Pakistan can dare to dream of returning to England to win the World Cup in 2019, but more important even than that is a future which sees international tours returning to their country for the first time since the deadly terror attack in Lahore during Sri Lanka's 2009 visit.

Sarfraz added: "When we arrived here, we were number eight (in the world) and now we are the champions. I hope this win will boost up Pakistan cricket, and all playing nations will come to Pakistan."

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