The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 commenced from June 1. This is the third time England are facilitating the occasion. India are shielding the title while Pakistan, who have never won the pined for trophy, are as yet searching for their first victory.

Pakistan would be facing India on June 4 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, in one of the most anticipated clashes of the tournament. They have been unfortunate in Champions Trophy competitions up until now, continually coming up short on fortunes at imperative minutes, bringing about their initial end.

In the main version of the Champions Trophy in 1998, Aamer Sohail drove the capable Pakistan side against the West Indies. Called Willis International Cup, it was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh and had a knockout configuration. Pakistan’s misfortune by 30 runs ‘thumped them out’. South Africa in the long run vanquished the West Indies in the last, winning their lone ICC title till date.

Saeed Anwar raises his bat after scoring a century, ICC Knockout 2000/01, New Zealand v Pakistan semifinal, Nairobi, 11 October 2000. Photo: ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The next time, it was held in the year 2000 in Nairobi, Kenya, with another name ‘ICC Knockout’. Pakistan played the quarter finals, crushing Sri Lanka. Under Moin Khan, the men-in-green figured out how to achieve the semis surprisingly. It was sheer misfortune, be that as it may, as they lost the essential match against the Kiwis by 4 wickets. Indeed, even consecutive centuries by Saeed Anwar couldn’t spare them from annihilation.

The following competition in 2002 was the same. Re-dedicated as ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan lost the principal coordinate by 8 wickets on account of the hosts Sri Lanka. Waqar Younis was in-control, yet the group had very few new faces, aside from a 28-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq.

The group fared better in the 2004 release, meeting all requirements for the semis. Under Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan won their opening matches, beating Kenya in a low-scoring diversion, and crushing India without precedent for an ICC occasion. Great knocking down some pins by Shoaib Akhtar and Rana Naved ul Hasan, and responsible batting by Mohammad Yousuf, guaranteed the triumph by 3 wickets. Pakistan lost the elimination round to the West Indies, who inevitably wound up winning the trophy.

Tense moments between Shoaib Akhtar and Rahul Dravid during Pak-Ind clash in ICC Champions Trophy 2004. Photo: Getty Images 

The 2006 edition, planned to be played in India, begun on a wrong foot for Pakistan. Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were banned for reportedly using performance-enhancing drugs. Inzamam led a depleted bowling attack against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa, and the only win came out against the Lankans.

Pakistan were booked to have the Champions Trophy in 2008, however because of security reasons, it was rejected not as much as a month prior to it was planned to happen. It was ultimately held in South Africa in 2009, where Pakistan touched base in the wake of being delegated the T20 World Cup champions.

They won both of their opening matches in style. West Indies, without the senior players, were vanquished by 5 wickets; while India lost the match at Centurion by 54 runs. A 206-run remain between Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf set an objective of more than 300, while the bowlers dismissed the Indians for 248. Seeing a 17-year-old Muhammad Amir dismissing Sachin Tendulkar still stays crisp in the psyches of cricket lovers.

Mohammad Amir celebrates taking the wicket of Yusuf Pathan of India during ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Photo: Getty Images

Pakistan lost the third match against Australia by 2 wickets however dealt with a semi-last billet. The elimination round was lost by 5 wickets, no thanks to a dropped get by then captain Younis Khan. Younis, ordinarily an extremely safe defender, neglected to clutch a catch from Grant Elliott, who went ahead to score an unbeaten 75, in quest for 234.

Pakistan’s most forgettable execution came in the 2013 release in England, which was held following four years surprisingly rather than the general two. The group was not able cross 200 run-check in any match and turned into the main group to lose all matches. The group lost by 2 wickets against West Indies, by 67 keeps running against South Africa and by 8 wickets against India.

This time around, Pakistan go up against India at a similar ground on June 4, yet the circumstance is surprisingly extraordinary. Pakistan have a new side with only four members retained from the previous meeting.

Pakistan have the high ground against India. They have played them thrice and won two times in this competition. Albeit presently positioned eighth on the planet, Pakistan look marginally enhanced in restricted overs under the youthful and forceful wicket-keeper chief Sarfraz Ahmed, who is viewed as a warrior by cricket greats. This is the first occasion when he would lead his side in this occasion and with players like Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, and Shadab Khan available to him, Pakistan have a decent opportunity to achieve the finals. Sarfraz drove Pakistan to a win in the U-19 World Cup last in Colombo path in 2006, and the opposition was no other than India. Rohit Sharma (4) and Ravindra Jadeja (6) were a piece of that squad which was packaged out for 71, pursuing 110.

West Indies, who have vanquished Pakistan ordinarily in this occasion, are not a piece of the competition while New Zealand, who have hindered their method for achieving the finals couple of times, are put in the gathering of death alongside Australia, has England and Bangladesh. Pakistan, in each substitute occasion, get the respect of playing the semis, and last time they proved unable. Let’s hope a young team does what seniors couldn’t do in the last seven attempts.

 

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