The West Indies wins the Sharjah Champions Cricket Trophy after a thrilling 11-run victory over a fighting Pakistan at the Sharjah Stadium. West Indies acting skipper Gordon Greenidge, named Man of the Tournament receives the trophy from Shaikh Faisal Bin Khalid Al Qasimi, chairman of the Organising Committee of the CBFS Image Credit: Gulf News archives

1988 Giant paceman Curtly Ambrose bowled the West Indians to a narrow 11-run victory over Pakistan to win the Sharjah Champions Trophy cricket tournament for the third successive time. Put to bat, the West Indies scored a respectable 235 for six wickets and then bowled out Pakistan for 224 in 49.4 overs under the gloom of the falling darkness. Ambrose put the skids under the Pakistani batsmen from the outset by removing both openers Mudassar Nazar and Rameez Raja with deadly yorkers while the score was only 20. Later he came back for his final fling and virtually ended Pakistan’s hopes by clean bowling Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram for one. Ambrose finished the match with the outstanding figures of four wickets for 29 runs in ten overs.

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