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Do come to Pakistan: Younis Khan

"I am requesting to all countries to come to Pakistan. Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault. Especially for youngsters, we need home series because there is no cricket in Pakistan," said Younis Khan, reports Arjun Sen.

cricket Updated: Jun 23, 2009 00:16 IST
Arjun Sen

"It is a gift from all of us to the whole nation," said Younis Khan after the post-match press conference on Sunday.

"I am requesting to all countries to come to Pakistan. Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault. Especially for youngsters, we need home series because there is no cricket in Pakistan. How can we motivate the youngsters, especially at school level and college level? I think this will be helping us build a new structure in Pakistan for our future."

He might have just guided Pakistan to World T20 triumph just moments earlier, but Younis was already thinking of the future of the game in his country in the aftermath of the Lahore attack.

This win has given the troubled nation a chance to start the long back to recovery after being reduced to outcasts of the world game. It has given Pakistan a chance to show the world that all is not lost with cricket, and Younis used the opportunity to make a plea to teams of touring his country.

"How can we promote cricket to our youngsters if there is no international game in Pakistan? That's why we need cricket,” Younis said.

The fact that he became only the second Pakistan captain to lift a World Cup made it a dream come true for Younis. "I saw Imran Khan lift the 1992 title and it has been a dream since to emulate him," Younis said. "Today is a proud moment for my Khans, Imran was my hero and now I can say that I am the second Khan to win a World Cup for Pakistan.” Taking a leaf out of Imran's book, Younis announced that he would be retiring from T20 cricket with immediate effect.

A Pakistan flag slung around his shoulder, Younis admitted his team had not started well, but knew they could turn it around. "We are slow starters. But I believe the Asian style of cricket is suited the best to this format,” Younis said. "The shorter the game, the better the chances of us winning."