Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

A jury of cricket experts, including former English captain Michael Atherton, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja, editor of Wisden Almanack Lawrence Booth, and cricket correspondent Julian Guyer amongst others selected the team. Statistics were used, but were not the sole basis for selection.

Dhawan and Hasan had already won individual trophies for finishing as the most successful batsman and bowler of the tournament respectively.

Fakhar Zaman, who scored a match-winning 114 in Pakistan's 180-run victory over arch-rivals India in the final, was picked alongside the tournament's top scorer Shikhar Dhawan of India.

Losing semi-finalists England also provided three players in batsman Joe Root, all-rounder Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Pakistan pace bowler Hassan Ali and rookie opener Fakhar Zaman are among those to make huge gains. It was a stunning turnaround for Pakistan, which was ranked eighth in the eight-team competition and lost its opening group match against India by 124 runs.Under Sarfraz Ahmed's captaincy, Pakistan beat South Africa and Sri Lanka in the remaining group matches before surprising host England in the semifinals.

The country's largest paper, the Urdu daily Jang, announced: "Pakistan Champions, trounced Indian team".

It was Pakistan's first worldwide 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.

"To be appointed as captain of the team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement. 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", he added.

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 event showed the team's grit and ability to bounce back solidly when the chips are down", Sarfraz said.