ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Aamer Sohail indirectly accuses Pak of fixing matches

England, the only undefeated team in the tournament until that point, were among the favourites to reach the final, but Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to outclass the hosts and set up a title clash with India.

He felt that the 30-year-old had gone overboard with his comments and celebrations following his knock against Sri Lanka that helped the side beat their Asian counterparts by three wickets in a must-win contest.

Talking about cricket, after a defeat against India in the group stage match, Pakistan team has come back strong and won all the matches so far. "They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances", Sohail said. There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to rejoice.

"You [Sarfaraz] have done nothing special, this match was won for you, we all know how things work", Sohail said.

Title-holders India will be firm favourites against a Pakistan side who were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world's top-eight one-day global sides.

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"Though the team is ranked below us, we don't want to take them lightly. They can come up with a good game and hence it is important for us to stick to the roles assigned by our coach and execute them as planned", he said.

"We were so good in all aspects of our game today, but the best part was our attacking", said Canada goalkeeper David Carter.

During a post-match analysis after the Pak-Sri Lanka showdown, Sohail spewed vitriol against Ahmad, saying that the new skipper has "nothing to be smug about; he just became captain".

Two familiar faces, Chacha Cricket from Pakistan and Sudhir Sachin from India, have also arrived in London and are ready to support their teams on Sunday.

And he insisted a Pakistan victory would be no great surprise.

  • Lawrence Cooper