Pakistan’s postal service issues stamps celebrating ICC Champions Trophy victory
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Pakistan’s postal service issues stamps celebrating ICC Champions Trophy victory

Although Pakistan had lost in the group stages against India, Sarfraz Ahmed’s team bounced back in style to win the ICC Champions Trophy final by 180 runs in London in June.

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2017 18:33 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. (AFP )

The postal service of Pakistan has issued stamps in honour of their national cricket team’s victory at the ICC Champions Trophy in June and has made them available across the country.

Priced at 5 PKR and 10 PKR, there are two sets of pictures on the stamps. While one has members of the Pakistan team celebrating after winning the 50-over tournament, the other set includes just the trophy along with flags of the eight participating teams.

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The victory in England was Pakistan’s biggest feat in ODIs since 1992 when Imran Khan led them to their only cricket World Cup victory. Even then, stamps had been printed and put to use.

It was a terrific win, given that the team was far from being touted as favourites. Prior to the tournament, they had been crushed 1-4 by England and Australia respectively and only managed to register series wins over West Indies (3-0) and Ireland (a 1-0 win in a two-match series).

Such was their run of form that they were on the verge of losing a direct qualification spot for the 2019 cricket World Cup. However, with the victory, they managed to evade the fate of Sri Lanka.

Being only one of seven teams to take part in every edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan also had the dubious record, along with England, of never having won the coveted title. They had come close thrice — in 2000, 2004 and 2009 — but got knocked out in the semi-final stage each time.

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The victory was even more special as they beat arch-rivals India in the final at The Oval in London on June 18. Ranked at a lowly No.8 back then, Pakistan put up an inspired show in the final with Fakhar Zaman scoring a timely century to help them reach 338.

In reply, India were bundled out for just 158 with batsmen losing wickets at regular intervals. The 180-run victory was also the biggest margin by which Pakistan had ever beaten India in an ODI.

Since then, Pakistan have had mixed fortunes. While they recently lost a Test series to Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates, they also witnessed international cricket coming back to the country since 2009 when militants had fired on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan national team.

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 12:02 IST