Champions Trophy 2017: Former captain accuses Pakistan of match-fixing

We also know that given the eyeballs an India-Pakistan final will generate, this Champions Trophy match-up is a dream come true for the broadcasters. Mr Shah, who heads the Gujarat Cricket Association, ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon.

Pakistan had started their campaign on a disastrous note with a 124-run defeat to arch-rivals India, but consecutive wins over Sri Lanka and formidable South Africa in the rest of their matches in Group B saw them qualify for the semi-finals.

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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. But the team management boosted us really well.

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Meanwhile Azhar said there was no hiding from the scale of a fixture which, mainly because of political pressure, rarely takes place outside of a major global tournament. Pakistan, after their loss to India, have won all matches. It is like the Ashes ... it is bigger than the Ashes - and expectation is high from both nations, insane about cricket.

On the eve of the grand final, the players from both sides were seen in a jolly mood.

"We play with no pressure", Ramandeep added.

And he insisted a Pakistan victory would be no great surprise. "But coach gave us that confidence during the break saying there's still 30 minutes to go and nothing is lost yet".

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.

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