Writing for Sky Sports, Saj hopes that the Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy triumph will be used to revitalise the nation's game and encourage much-needed investment.
The 23-year-old played a key role in the team’s success during the tournament, finishing as the player of the tournament and the top wicket-taker.
Whilst there were several heroes and architects of Pakistan's victory, it was really a collective team effort that propelled the team to the pinnacle. One of the key members of the trophy-winning squad, all-rounder Imad Wasim explained how the turnaround came about.
From losing to India in the opener to beating them comprehensively in the final, Pakistan’s changed approach was the difference, writes Saj for Scroll.in.
Writing for FirstPost Sports, Saj traces the rise of the outstanding Fakhar Zaman to his domestic and PSL based performances.
India bowled out for 158 with Mohammad Amir taking three big wickets after Fakhar Zaman's hundred lifted Pakistan to 338/4 in 50 overs.
Even by the standards of the often crazy, chaotic and unpredictable world of Pakistan cricket, this year's Champions Trophy tournament has been an eye-opener and rollercoaster ride.
Apart from the discipline, what the head coach seems to have instilled in his team is the belief and determination, which is crucial to success at this level.
Sunday's game will be between an improved Sarfraz Ahmed & co and favourites India, writes Saj (for FirstPost Sports).
The 27-year-old Pakistani left-arm pacer says that his team’s focus is on putting up a good show in Sunday’s much-awaited India-Pakistan final.
It has indeed been a rollercoaster ride for fans of Pakistan cricket as the team which started the tournament as underdogs has in the space of three games, catapulted itself to the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.