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

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

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

Captaining the South African side, De Villiers led his team to a thumping victory in the opening game of the tournament but slumped to defeat against India and Pakistan to crash out of the tournament. But still, highly competitive matches hopefully.

It has been revealed that the recently concluded Champions Trophy, organised by the International Cricket Council, will award a prize money of $2.2 million (14 crores) to the 2017 champions Pakistan. It's a possibility, yes. It also means India will never be able to become the first team to win the Champions Trophy title thrice, but end up as one of the most successful teams in the competition. If the proposal sees the light of the day, fans could see two World T20 tournaments in the next four-year cycle.

Richardson said: "Whether we keep the Champions Trophy in 2021, or move to two World T20s, needs to be discussed and settled". That decision drew flak from Associate players, with Ireland and Scotland cricketers quite vocal.

A former worldwide wicketkeeper with South Africa, Richardson explained that by staging a World T20, it will allow the ICC to include more teams to expand the sport to parts of the world in which it is not so popular.

Richardson's thoughts will hardly come as a surprise.

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not just for today, not just for tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", added the wicket-keeper/batsman.

Indian cricket fans have been teasing the Pakistan cricket team and its fans on the basis of the "Mauka Mauka" video ahead of every match between the arch-rivals since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

This week's conference at The Oval is set to resolve a number of key issues, among them whether Ireland and Afghanistan will be granted Test status.

Speaking to journalists after attending an event here on Tuesday, Afridi said: "What Sarfraz and his team have done will go down in history". Afridi called for an improvement in the structure, pitches, umpiring and equipment moving forward. The event showed the team's grit and ability to bounce back solidly when the chips are down.