Pakistan to be one of top three teams by 2019 WC: Afridi

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Giugno 22, 2017

"I am confident that Pakistan cricket is back on track and we will see this team reach some incredible highs in the years to come, especially if the team continues to play with the kind of passion and commitment displayed in this tournament", he added.

"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.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a cash reward of Rs 10 million ($95,378) for every Champions Trophy winning team member and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has offered Rs 1 million ($9,537) to each member of the squad.

Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan´s adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.

The Green Brigade entered the just concluded eight-team Champions Trophy as the lowest-ranked team at No.8 but raised themselves from the ashes to emerge champions at The Oval on Sunday.

"Pakistan bowling attack was brilliant with Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan contributing well throughout the tournament but the emergence of a couple of newer players in Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman, who scored a brilliant century in the final, is exciting for the future of their side", Hussey said.

"We played every match as the last match", he said.

Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

India are slated to host the ninth staging of the Champions Trophy in four years' time but ICC chief executive Dave Richardson revealed it is far from a certainty.

With Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also coming of age, Pakistan's batting lineup appears to have the right blend of youth and experience, boosted by the solidity of former captains Azhar, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was pleased with the progress shown by the team. We're happy with the brand of cricket we're playing. "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". We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying.

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