Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

India are due to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2021 but Richardson warned Monday it was by no means certain the event would go ahead, with the former South Africa wicketkeeper saying future World Twenty20s could feature up to 20 teams.

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.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

Back home, streets were deserted in the federal capital Islamabad and Rawalpindi - and in big cities across the country - as fans watched Pakistan thrash defending champion India by 180 runs at The Oval.

"What it does show though, is that domestic cricket can't have disintegrated in that time because Fakhar Zaman has just come from nowhere", added the former England captain.

Arthur said: "I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight - they deserve it".

India captain Virat Kohli could do little more than praise an opponent who did everything right on the day, reported the ICC.

Fakhar slammed 114 runs off 106 balls to help Pakistan post a formibadle total of 338/6.

"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.

Pakistan came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked side (eight) and not many expected them to play the final after the 124-run defeat they faced in Birmingham against India in their tournament opener. "As much as we enjoy the rivalry, we do tend to realize we have so much in common, and it's a shame to fight over things and throw away this great camaraderie, and this great brother and sisterhood that we have". In reply India was skittled with almost 20 overs to spare.

While the final of the ICC's secondary 50-over competition attracted an estimated televised audience of hundreds of millions as Pakistan crushed India at The Oval, the governing body is keen to capitalise on the exponential rise of its shortest format.

He told 'You listen to Eoin Morgan after the game, he said we didn't adapt properly.

Amir also had Shikhar Dhawan (21) caught behind with a cross-seam delivery, teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh (22) lbw on review and India were doomed when MS Dhoni (4) was caught on the pull for four off Hasan Ali - the tournament's leading wicket-taker.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman.

"Sometimes, you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything".