Pakistan cricket June 21, 2009

Younis retires from Twenty20 with a plea

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Younis Khan used cricket's grandest stage to announce his retirement from Twenty20 internationals, and make an impassioned plea for teams to once again tour his country. The Pakistan captain, speaking after Sunday's emphatic eight-wicket World Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka, hoped the result would go far to saving cricket in his homeland, which is struggling to attract the interest of younger generations with no international matches being played within its borders.

Younis' final act in Twenty20 international cricket was to lift the trophy that so narrowly evaded Pakistan two years prior. No immediate announcement was made as to the identity of his successor as 20-over captain, but it is likely Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal will be the leading candidates.

"This is my last Twenty20 game," he said at the conclusion of his press conference. "I'm old now for this kind of cricket."

Younis will continue to play Test and ODI cricket, and hopes he will again have the opportunity to lead his national team on home soil. The deteriorating security situation in Pakistan - highlighted by the March terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus outside the Gadaffi Stadium - has prompted national boards and the ICC to push for Pakistan's home matches to be played in neutral venues. Accordingly, Younis' men now lead a virtually nomadic existence.

Younis has previously warned that the absence of international cricket could kill the game in Pakistan and push impressionable youngsters into the clutches of terrorists. Speaking at Lord's on Sunday, he implored teams to return to Pakistan, and expressed hope that his side's World Twenty20 victory would help reinvigorate interest in cricket among his nation's youth.

"I am requesting to all of the countries: 'You must come to Pakistan'," Younis said. "Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault. Especially for youngsters, we need home series because everywhere 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.

"How can we promote cricket to our youngsters if there is no international game in Pakistan? How can I motivate my son and my neighbours' small children? That's why we need cricket in Pakistan. Law and order is not good, but this is not our fault. We are suffering at the moment from these kinds of things. I think sports should be away from politics."

Younis dedicated Pakistan's World Twenty20 triumph to his former coach Bob Woolmer, who died during the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

"This final must go to Bob Woolmer," he said. "He was doing good things with us in 2005 and especially my cricket. I would be very proud if he was alive and sitting with me because he's a very nice guy and was a father figure for us. Why I am captain is because in 2005 - at that time I was not a regular player for Pakistan - he was the guy who all the time was chatting with the chairman and the selectors that Younis will be the next captain. So because of him I have become a captain. I dedicate this final to Bob Woolmer."

Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo

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  • AquilAhmedSiddiquiDubai on June 23, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan Team on winning T20 Cricket World cup 2009. If Younis Khan is retiring from T20, then Shahid Afridi should become the T20 Captain. Bring back Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat for Opening Pair and also include Rana Naveed-ul-Hassan in the T20 and ODI squads. Continue with Suhail Tanveer, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed Aamer for future prospect. PCB should build living arrangements for both contesting teams within the Cricket Stadium boundries for their security reasons.

  • zainkha on June 23, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    From Raja Saudi Arabia

    Weldone Pakista cricket team.We are proud of your best play.It is whyy because all our nation was praying for you.God heip those who help themselves.Victory against Irland-Newzeland and south africa was the Alarm for those who Know even one word of cricket.Go ahead boys and get all cricket cups.My best wishes for all and I will pray for your long life younis Khan.

  • NoorusSabbahKhan on June 23, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    wow, I'm still unable to get over it....what a performance...u rocked the country Pak Cricket Team!....u gave the nation a reason to smile , celebrate n hope for a better future in this troublesome hour...hats off to all of you:) Long Live Pakistan :) Amen

  • kilari_420 on June 23, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Congrats to Team Pakistan for a splendid performance in 20/20. well done Younis Khan. I think Pakistan should also try to defeat extremism and make Pakistan a safe place to visit and play cricket. I dont agree with the Skippr for inviiting foriegn teams to play cricket here in Pakistan in these security situations. Even we could'nt give a hero's welcome to our team in these conditions. Till we get control of the situation we should play on neutral grounds and Middle East is a good option, its our 2nd home. The pitches and crowd are similar as any place in Pakistan and its hardly 2 hours flight from Karachi. Comparitively we are getting much bigger crowd in Dubai than in Karachi the rest of the nation follows it on T.V. So why take such a big risk and ruien whatever is left of our image in the world. Once we get our house in order we can invite the world and can give them a real Paki Hospitality.

  • A.Babri on June 23, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    Pakistan deserved the victory very well by beating the most in form teams in the tournament(S.A. & S.L.)!!! i congragulate the pakistani team and especially younis khan to lead pakistan to victory(a team who barely anyone wudv had in mind wud turn out to be the champs of the T20 worldcup)!!

  • TaskeeninKSA on June 23, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    Congrat to PAKISTAN Team. All the best in the future

  • ShoW_StopeR on June 23, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    Congrats to Mr. Younus Khan for his briliant captaincy and executing all the tricks very well in the field. Younus was right that the teams should come for a tour. These teams will goto india, bangladesh, sri lanka etc. I agree that the security situation is not good in pakistan but these are not that bad as these teams understand or translate the situation of pk. In every country you will find miscreants who always try to create problems. People of cricket might remember the tour to india where pakistani players get the threats from extremist parties in india and wasl not allowed to move freely in the country. The IPL will bring damage to the indian cricket by which they will lose their patience during thier play. Now Mr. L.modi have to think of the T20 champions and I also urge Younus troops not to interact in IPL. In the end, I am hoping that all of the cricket playing nations provide their postive response towards the cricket of pakistan.

  • JacksonFive on June 23, 2009, 2:54 GMT

    However much we congratulate Pakistan on this achievement we cant agree to their request to send players there.They sound as if other countries are being unfair to them by not touring that country.This attitude is wrong.

  • MrFR on June 22, 2009, 22:05 GMT

    Towile get a life man....Congrats to the Pak team! People of India and Pakistan shouldnt let misunderstandings get the better of them. Only a handful of people are making rifts dnt i repear dnt let it happen to u learn from history!!!

  • callifourniya on June 22, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    Very Very Happy for Pakistan. I think as a country they are under tremendous duress and sadness currently. Atleast this victory would put a smile on many Pakistani face. The cricket in Pak too definitely needed a shot in the arm like this.

  • AquilAhmedSiddiquiDubai on June 23, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan Team on winning T20 Cricket World cup 2009. If Younis Khan is retiring from T20, then Shahid Afridi should become the T20 Captain. Bring back Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat for Opening Pair and also include Rana Naveed-ul-Hassan in the T20 and ODI squads. Continue with Suhail Tanveer, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed Aamer for future prospect. PCB should build living arrangements for both contesting teams within the Cricket Stadium boundries for their security reasons.

  • zainkha on June 23, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    From Raja Saudi Arabia

    Weldone Pakista cricket team.We are proud of your best play.It is whyy because all our nation was praying for you.God heip those who help themselves.Victory against Irland-Newzeland and south africa was the Alarm for those who Know even one word of cricket.Go ahead boys and get all cricket cups.My best wishes for all and I will pray for your long life younis Khan.

  • NoorusSabbahKhan on June 23, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    wow, I'm still unable to get over it....what a performance...u rocked the country Pak Cricket Team!....u gave the nation a reason to smile , celebrate n hope for a better future in this troublesome hour...hats off to all of you:) Long Live Pakistan :) Amen

  • kilari_420 on June 23, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Congrats to Team Pakistan for a splendid performance in 20/20. well done Younis Khan. I think Pakistan should also try to defeat extremism and make Pakistan a safe place to visit and play cricket. I dont agree with the Skippr for inviiting foriegn teams to play cricket here in Pakistan in these security situations. Even we could'nt give a hero's welcome to our team in these conditions. Till we get control of the situation we should play on neutral grounds and Middle East is a good option, its our 2nd home. The pitches and crowd are similar as any place in Pakistan and its hardly 2 hours flight from Karachi. Comparitively we are getting much bigger crowd in Dubai than in Karachi the rest of the nation follows it on T.V. So why take such a big risk and ruien whatever is left of our image in the world. Once we get our house in order we can invite the world and can give them a real Paki Hospitality.

  • A.Babri on June 23, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    Pakistan deserved the victory very well by beating the most in form teams in the tournament(S.A. & S.L.)!!! i congragulate the pakistani team and especially younis khan to lead pakistan to victory(a team who barely anyone wudv had in mind wud turn out to be the champs of the T20 worldcup)!!

  • TaskeeninKSA on June 23, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    Congrat to PAKISTAN Team. All the best in the future

  • ShoW_StopeR on June 23, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    Congrats to Mr. Younus Khan for his briliant captaincy and executing all the tricks very well in the field. Younus was right that the teams should come for a tour. These teams will goto india, bangladesh, sri lanka etc. I agree that the security situation is not good in pakistan but these are not that bad as these teams understand or translate the situation of pk. In every country you will find miscreants who always try to create problems. People of cricket might remember the tour to india where pakistani players get the threats from extremist parties in india and wasl not allowed to move freely in the country. The IPL will bring damage to the indian cricket by which they will lose their patience during thier play. Now Mr. L.modi have to think of the T20 champions and I also urge Younus troops not to interact in IPL. In the end, I am hoping that all of the cricket playing nations provide their postive response towards the cricket of pakistan.

  • JacksonFive on June 23, 2009, 2:54 GMT

    However much we congratulate Pakistan on this achievement we cant agree to their request to send players there.They sound as if other countries are being unfair to them by not touring that country.This attitude is wrong.

  • MrFR on June 22, 2009, 22:05 GMT

    Towile get a life man....Congrats to the Pak team! People of India and Pakistan shouldnt let misunderstandings get the better of them. Only a handful of people are making rifts dnt i repear dnt let it happen to u learn from history!!!

  • callifourniya on June 22, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    Very Very Happy for Pakistan. I think as a country they are under tremendous duress and sadness currently. Atleast this victory would put a smile on many Pakistani face. The cricket in Pak too definitely needed a shot in the arm like this.

  • kunushah23 on June 22, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan- well played and deserving winners! Younis Khan's comments after the game are very very impressive- and he chose the right moment and platform to speak his heart, and to reitre. They say its best to retire when at the top! What is even more heartening is to see so many Indians congratulating the Pakistan team. I wonder why we are always fighting- cause there seems to be only love and respect for each other between us

  • Gaganaut on June 22, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    Congratulations Younis and Pakistan. Younis has once again showed what a matured player he is. I had high respect for him even when he rejected test captaincy few years ago. That is the way you roll Younis. Hats off.

  • femmefan on June 22, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    The Pakistani nation is indebted to our cricket team for given us a reason to celebrate. I, for one, was so disgusted by the horrible and depressing news on tv, about suicide bombings, talibans, and so on. Its as if the mood of the whole nation has changed into a celebratory mood, we needed a victory like this to uplift our spirits and for that I am indebted to our team!

  • Nathan_a on June 22, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    To kiwi rocker : Please note that it was Pakistan government that banned Pakistan cricketers from IPL and not Lalit Modi. Please stop Modi Bashing. I am an Indian fan, but I would like to congratulate the Pakistan team, it was a good win. They defeated two teams which were in top form ( SA and SL) and they did it convincingly.

  • pradeep_dealwis on June 22, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    heck, i am Sri lankan and still proud of what Pakistan did!!!great for the game over there. hopefully Pakistan could also defeat terrorism, as SL did, and bring normalcy and cricket back to that lovely country. Also congrats to Younis, a great cricketer and gentleman.

  • farhan1 on June 22, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    Congratulations To Pakistan Team and all the Pakistani fans in Pakistan and around the world from every where you watching the ICC World Twenty20 2009 final........It was biggest day of Pakistan Cricket and the Team for winning such a big Tournament and become a World Twenty20 Champions and thats what they all waiting this moment after 1992 World Cup winning....... and now this a big win for Pakistan and the People of Pakistan in Pakistan because no Cricket in Pakistan last few months and coming months so this win make Pakistan cheers and happines from next fews months make them happy in their faces and cheer in their faces to winning such a big tournament like ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England........Pakistan are the World Twenty20 Champions......Take That for long long time!

  • Scaryface on June 22, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    Congrats to You Younis and congrats to the entire team for the way you played, all of you have played really good cricket and deserved to win this trophy.

    I am and Indian and an Indian Fan but really wanted you guys to win the trophy after what you all have gone through, Sri Lankan fans don't get dissappointed, if we see the trend then you are in line for the next world cup trophy, provided India does not win that :)

    Great performance guys and congrats

  • Shakti53 on June 22, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    I congratulate to all Pakistani teams and fans for supporting their own team and in their capabilities. GOOD WORK PAKSITAN!!!! You are wonderful team and love to see you again and again on international forum. Bad luck you as well as world fans for ciricket game that bring down pakistanies by terrorist attacks and law and order situation in the country. We hope this team will deliver the message to all youth and fundamentaliest who took weapons in hand rather circket bat to return to game and harmony with love and peace for their owns and to the world. Let all countires live together with love and peace and enjoy each moment of game what ever its kind. IPL is one of wonderful event though no country is winner an no one is losser. It is mix and shared by all leading cricketers from the world. I like circket should be played together in each country without boundries and fear. At last with the hope that Pakstan will not be singled out and world cup will be played there too....

  • KiwiRocker- on June 22, 2009, 10:46 GMT

    T/20 World cup 2009 Winners-Pakistan, T/20 World Cup 2007 Runners up Pakistan- ICL Winners Lahore Bad shah's. Club Championship winners in UK 2005- Faisalabad Wolves- I have a question for you Mr. Lalit Modi? What is future of your so called Champion's league without the world champions? Pakistani cricket team to cricket is what Brazil is to football or what Muhammad Ali was to boxing or what All Blacks are to rugby. A nation that has left to fight their own war has shown the world that what they are made of. A proud day for every Pakistani. Cornered tigers have again proved that adversity brings the best out of them. These heroes of nation have given a smile to nation amid the brutal killings of their own ones. Well done, Pakistan and very well done Lalit Modi for spurring the Pakistani cricket team.

  • mubeenkemisaal on June 22, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    Congrats..!! To Pakistan Team & all the Pakistan fans around the world from an Indian cricket lover.I am very much impressed with Younis with comments of welcoming all the countries to come and play in Pakistan.He led the team with great spirits to achieve the title packed with some young cricketers with efforts of Afridi,Gul,Razzak & Kamran.Good time for Younis to retire from this format with most memorable victory altough he should have agreed on...!!This win will surely lift back cricket in lands of Pakistan.

  • hotmale on June 22, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Younus Khan we are proud of you.. All those cricket analysts & critics should learn a lesson from this victory, we were not playing enough international cricket yet we are the best. The day Abdul Razzak joined this team we knew that and even Pakistani team knew that no one can beat them in this world cup. Every one was saying Razzak Bhai is there :)

    Razzak was just magnificent, Aamir was brilliant, He bowled the best over of this tournament at Dilshan.. Shahid Afridi was magical,You guys will see many more such innings in future now Shoaib Mallik was like backbone of our team, Shahzaib was committed & Confident, Kamran was playing like a tiger, Ajmal was unplayable, wonderful bowler Umar Gul was like a roaring lion - the best fast bowler in T20 cricket. Misbah is Misbah, outstanding batsman and team man.. Fawad Alam is one of the best batsman in our team Younis Khan is a CHAMPION and played like a champion cricketer

    I hope Imran Nazir and K. Akmal will open inning in next wordcup

  • gmathew on June 22, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. You know the type that wants India to win and if not Pakistan should lose? Yes. Yet even I give credit to Pakistan. Yesterday you played well. You deserved to win. It was cricket at its best. I nver thought I'd ever say this but I just have. And I mean every word of it. The fact that it came at a time when Pakistan is going thru so much painful experiences as a country comes as a great gift to the people. The fact that you won with miniml international exposure adds even greater glory to the win.

    A lot of us Indians assumed that all the IPL experience was going to rub off on our team and they will win. See how true cricketing ability shone as in the case of Paksitan and how poor Indians got with all this 'expereince' bundled out of the Super 8.

    Lalit Modi-you sacrificed Indian crciket to the altar of money. IPL succeeded but World cup flunked! Learn from Pakistan mate!

  • izazkhan on June 22, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistan Team, and specially to the the Great Nation of Pakistan!!!! you make us proud Lions, I had never seen such kind of celebrations in UK before and I realized how strong we are when we stand up as a Team and a Nation. We can beat any Team in the world as a Team and we can beat any terrorist and terrorism as a Nation and we will Inshallah...We need support from all the other international teams to go to Pakistan and don't let this Great Team and Great Talent fade away..Plus in the end I didn't like the idea of Younis Khan by stepping down.A team of champions can't beat a champions team, right now we are a champion team and you make it a team, though you are suitable for this form of cricket or not...Long Live Pakistan and Pakistani Team.

  • mfcwaseem on June 22, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Well, the win makes me to remember the titans.. they played as a unit that won them the games..... Keep at it.. boys

  • resmyrakri on June 22, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    The fun cricketers won it for fun. Cheers to them. A core Indian fan, I salute them. A poor timing of Lalit Modi to play politics possibly showing his callous concern for true spirit of cricket. A good personal decision by Younis Khan and kudos to Shahid Afridi. Hope serious cricket will resume in Pakistan soon.

  • mr_jaaneman on June 22, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Congrates to all Pakistani for this great acheivement.Younis Khan the way you lead the team it is great and we are proud of you.We will always remember you as great professional player.We are prayer for some more victories in 50 overs and test cricket.Keep enjoying the FUN of cricket.LOVE You YOUNIS KHAN

  • coolvizith on June 22, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Friends,

    like dharam, I am an indian and a true fan of indian cricket,But here I cant stop saluting pakistan cricket team,They played like soldiers,Guess this win will boost people who are suffering from some extreme radical demons.We indians always love you(citizens of pakistan) brothers.Hope india will tour pak and vice versa,Borders and others are only political things,we love you and will be waiting for another india pakistan final in coming international tournments.

    Once again congrats mates,

    Regards vizith

  • aqeelKhi on June 22, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    Another Khan done it again. Khan's in Pakistan are beleaguered these days but khan's in Pakistan cricket are fully charged up and ready to boom. As boom boom Afridi played a knock of his lifetime, Gul bowled his heart out and bought a win, but it's another Khan who lifted the team up and truly deserve a respect for his contribution in the field and specially his decision making has been outstanding. When I was 9, I remember a Khan won a WC 1992 and pleaded for his Cancer hospital. Now after 17 years I saw another khan winning a WC pleaded to ICC and international teams to once again visit Pakistan. Both these Khan's have achieved this for the nation and pleaded for a nation. We all salute to Khan's And congratulations to all Pakistan for this wonderful day of success 

  • irfan.ahmad1976 on June 22, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. I was sitting in front of TV to watch the celebrations back home and even heard from my friends about celebrations in other cities of UK that have Pakistani population. Every Government attempts its best to improve the security situation but unfortunately it is taking time to clear off the litter from Pakistani cities. Pakistan army is fighting not only for our survival but for the security of the world as well. Terrorists are our common enemies and we should be supported in such situations. I pray to Allah for Peace in the world and Love amongst all mankind.

  • Kourse on June 22, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    @Abhijit...I guess Yonis's batting style suits all kinds of criket. I'll not even mention the runs scored by him in this tournament. He was never interested in playing T20 and could have decided to lead the team to show his chief selector of what he is capable of and then leave on a high rather than becoming a liability. It's a very rare gesture of greatness after Sachin decided not to play T20.

  • knightsknights on June 22, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    "it's once again been reminded that you ignore Pakistan cricket at your peril"......this is exactly the money minded BCCI did by trying to act smart in banning pakistani players from IPL,and what a strong reply they have got from them.I am especially extremely pleased watching the comeback of one of my fav cricketer Razzak from ICL...what a masterstroke PCB made(though it was lucky that Yasir Arafat was injured).Now I am keenly waiting for the comeback of other pakistani players from ICL into the national side....especially after the retirement of Yunis Khan from Twenty20,especially Imran Nazir.What a batting lineup they will boast of after his comeback!!!!

  • shams_padladka on June 22, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Congrats to Younis and his boys. Younis made a timely decision to be away from 20 over match after a great achievement. The victory was the result of the team's hardwork. The way Afridi batted in the last two important matches indicates his responsibility. I am an Indian and a strong fan of Indian cricket, but after India were out, enjoyed Pakistan playing good cricket. Well, for losing in a nailbiting final against India last year, Pakistan bettered their game in the crucial matches. deserving victory.

  • abhijithsimha on June 22, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    I felt younis made the wrong excuse, on quitting T20 cricket, if that was the case why are Jayasuriya, Gilly and hayden doing so very well, he should have confronted the truth as it is, that his batting style does not suit this format of the game(the precise reason which forced abdul qadir to retire as chairman of selectors), good that he realized the truth.

  • OmarPaki on June 22, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    Good Decision by Younis Khan :)

  • Reeves on June 22, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan Team on winning the T20 WC. Hope this win will help Pakistan and his country to earn a name for themselves which was lost due to recent attcks on players. And I wish that all the other countries may once again start to play matches with pakistan not on a neutral venue but in Pakistan which will help cricket in Pakistan.

  • MeAsFan on June 22, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    Well done Younis Khan and his team it's a great achievement for Pakistani cricket and their millions of fans.

    I think Younis make great decision to retire from t20, I am saying this because it can improve his and his team performance in other two formats. It also passes the messages to other pak players also, who are playing game for their own achievement rather than for a team and country. Player like M. Yousuf joins ICL because he is not selected in t20 wc team in 2007. Look Mr. Yousuf I am your great fan but also your decision of joining ICL it's really hurt me and millions of your other fans. But what a man Younis is, after winning a world cup he retires, what character, passion and selflessness this man Younis have for his game and for his team. Yousuf and other Pak players also have to take lesson from Great Younis Khan plz learn something from him. He is just a complete team man he is a greatest player Pakistan ever produce in term of character and Selfless nature.

  • looh on June 22, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    who is this clown towelie. he sounds like a sore looser. pakistan won fare and square at lords in front of millions beating the 2 best teams in the tournament convincingly in the semis and the final.what is so hollow about that. which world do you live in mate. reasonable people appreciate other people's achievements and brilliance. it was a great achievement of the pakistan team to win the world cup against all the odds. no one thought they could win the way they started the tournament. they were completely out of international matches for a while. they had so much distraction back home. still they played like champions in the end and were the deserving winners and world champ. what ever you or anyone thinks pakistan is the new T20 world champion deal with it mate.

  • mensan on June 22, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Congrats to our team. They are so unpredictable! THe win in final was good but beating South African "machines" was specially pleasant.

    I am a Pakistani and well I don't see international teams coming to Pakistan in forseeable future. However Pskistan must not make it an issue and agree on playing anywhere. I think shifting this years home series to NZ is a very good step.

    Pakistan should play all "home" test matches in opponents country and one day/T20 in UAE.

  • Royal_Tigers on June 22, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    Although I am an Indian, it doesnt stop me praising Pakistan for their great victory, a much needed and well deserved one. In fact Pakistan has been the most consistent team if we see the both T20 world cups. Kudos to them. Shahid Afridi, one of the most talented batsmen, finally did justice to himself and his country. Finally a well fought & deserved win for them. Congratulations to the ppl of Pakistan. They have given them a reason to celebrate in these difficult times which I hope would end soon.

  • DHARAM_INDIAN on June 22, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Well, I AM AN INDIAN and off course the fan of indian cricket. But, I can stop my happiness and unlimited expression after seeing Pakistan's win. I am now become a fan of Younis Khan (He is a great personality, Salute to him) I wish better and healthy relationship between IND and PAK. And also wish that international cricket mathces would happen in pak soon. I hope pakis can arrange better security and we can see some nice match there.

    Well Done Pakistan

    Well Done Younis Khan

  • Psyc_s on June 22, 2009, 5:14 GMT

    Well Done Younis......Well done Pakistan....You came in from nowhere to win this trophy and you guys thoroughly deserve this win....It is great to hear a captain's concern about his countries youngsters....I wish everything will come good in future and i wish all the very best for Team Pakistan....

  • AdityaRavindran on June 22, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    Much needed win for the Pakistanis for the situation the country is facing. Afridi, usually irresponsible with the bat, reminded us how dangerous he can be with the bat too. It was a great effort from Afridi to win both semi and the final for his country. Hope this win improves Pakistani cricket further.

  • kobeLakers on June 22, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    i'm staunch indian fan, but i cant help but to feel happy for pakistan win this time. With so many things going on back in pakistan, they deserved a win like this for the fans back in pakistan. Enjoy the victory!

  • kaiser1 on June 22, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    Best of luck to Younis Khan for his remaining career in cricket, tests and odis. He has done his bit to bring glory to Pakistan cricket and i hope he does well in the coming series in SriLanka and good luck to get more runs and hundreds in both formats of the game. Great win for a great man Pakistan has ever produced.

  • arunshanker on June 22, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    I am an Indian I congratulate the Pak team for the victory we must remember here that only Pak retained the Semi spot among other teams which other could not from the last T20 WC and went on to win it Playing a finals and losing it and then again coming back to win it in the next WC is great achievement reminds of Brazil which did the same 98 (lost finals) and 02 won the cup. Well done PAK and remember one more thing this was only the team which never had a single IPL season 2 player in it. So much for the IPL hype!

  • TQDQ on June 22, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    I come from a very mixed Sri Lankan/Pakistani background. I have my allegiance towards supporting Sri Lanka when it comes to cricket, but whenever it's a Pakistani/Sri Lankan encounter I tend to have mixed feelings and the least element of anxious moments that my fellow Sri Lankan & Pakistani friends go through with. I take my hat off to the Pakistan Cricket Team for this great achievement particularly after having been ostracized by the cricketing fraternity around the globe. Well done Pakistan.... Kumar Sangakkara, you have been a great ambassador for cricket and have won the heart of your nation. I am sure your words yesterday will testify the "mettle" in you at the next major tournament.

  • Towelie on June 22, 2009, 4:24 GMT

    "I am requesting to all of the countries: 'You must come to Pakistan - Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault" Nicely done Mr Younis Khan (sic). Lets play cricket, we dont care who get shot at. We probably not gonna provide adequate security, but lets play cricket so we can sell tickets and make money. Is that what you meant to say. Also when SL team got shot, PAK team "miracalously" were "late". Is it just me seeing something is not right here? Also let me add that they didnt catch any of the gun men yet. In the middle of the day, 12 gun men shot at an International team (with head of state level of security I might add) and no one got caught. Something doesnt seem right here. I dont think PAK cricket is that great to loose lives over. Its just a game. I dont think next touring party to PAK be lucky as SL were. I hope ICC take notice or are they waiting for someone to actually die.This was just a hollow victory. SL are the deserved champions.

  • kannanisbad on June 22, 2009, 3:23 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and well done Younis.

  • slogovers11 on June 22, 2009, 3:21 GMT

    it was great victory for pakistan,they played excellent cricket and the way afridi performed through out the tournament is amazing and already the next opponents will be having sleepless nights and gul is right now the best fast bowler in the world.

  • bktheking on June 22, 2009, 3:19 GMT

    Hello Pakistan Cricket Team, Hearty Congrats for your hard work and dedication...what you've achived doestn come through just by luck....i was overhelmed by seeing your commitment towards the game...and Younis,for sure is a great captain and a player which Pak has produced....as a true cricket fan...i enjoyed the way you guys played in against SA and Srilanka ..in Semi final and finals...

  • hacVblogger on June 22, 2009, 3:17 GMT

    Younis (Khan) bhai have done the same thing Imran Khan have done in 1992 final.My salute to Younis. He should continue playing test cricket and ODI's.This announcemen t wil motivate youngsters and Other t20 captains who were older than Younis.Like Ponting,Collingwood etc.

  • 19202223 on June 22, 2009, 3:07 GMT

    Hi I am an srilankan well its nice to see after all problems still pakistan doing good in cricket. of cause we lost the match. Again Abdul Razzaq is the man destroy srilankans what a cricketer he is. All the best for Pakistan future cricket.

  • mithoauau on June 22, 2009, 3:00 GMT

    Yes Younus Khan you have shown the character and the Qualities of your leadership. I hope other nation will visit Pakistan to keep the cricket alive among our Youngsters. Paksitan produce art cricket arond the world cricket which the beauty of Pakistan. Congratulation playing such a game in the Final.

    Asif

  • sopaka on June 22, 2009, 2:44 GMT

    Congrat's Pakistan. I would've been happier if Sri Lanka won, but Pakistan winning it is good for cricket.

  • zimbos_05 on June 22, 2009, 2:38 GMT

    everyone has boycotted zimbabwe for law and order reasons....and the only people who suffered were the players and the youth. the sport is dying in zimbabwe and i hope pakistan does not have the same problems. having said that, its no point in teams touring, if they going to be shot at.

  • shaqx on June 22, 2009, 2:31 GMT

    Afridi is a great T20 Player and he deserved this moment, and of course the pakistan cricket as a whole after the attack, and all the things happening surrounding/in pakistan. Hope they will come on track in very near future.

    And, Younis Khan, you really have done a good job. I am not a big fan of yours but, with the words you chose today, and dedicating the cup to Bob woolmer, you certainly have won lot of hearts and accolades. Good Job!!! Good Team Effort!!!!

  • jamal22066 on June 22, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    Was there any doubt who the best man was to lead the Pakistani side? Over the years he has had more critics than fans, but time and time again he proves what kind of a leader he is. If its not with his captiancy he silences those critics with his bat. All Pakistanis should thank their lucky stars to have a world class batsman like him on their side.

  • Atif.Farid on June 22, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    Excellent words by Pakistan Captain. All teams must return to Pakistan for their share to humanity.

  • shahidmahmood on June 21, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    I think Younis retired rightly so, because now Pakistan can get another young player from their domestic teams.

  • ibtehajnavyan on June 21, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    Younis Khan .. You have become the Hero of the Pakistani Nation .. We all salute you, for what you did for Pakistan today .. Thank you Younis Khan, Thank you so much :)

  • BEAT_THIS on June 21, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    being a indian,its nice to see a humble man dedicating this cup to his former coach.Even thou i was never a big fan of younis khan ,this act of his is wittness that he sure is a nice and perfect man to lead paki cricket to gr8 level.once again congrats to all paki supporters,ur team sure does deserves this cricket trophy.cheers,I m jus a cricket lover ,no boundrries for me when it come to a cricketer. :)

  • Saad93 on June 21, 2009, 21:45 GMT

    We all love you younas! May you get success in every aspect of your life!

  • Wannabe on June 21, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan....u came out victorious among all odds, Younis is an unorthodox captian especially when u look at all the former Pakistani captains who were a bit serious and refuse to have a smile on their face,but he is fresh and honest with what he speaks...I also am very saddened with all the hate messages and blogs being written by my fellow Indians against Pakistans' triumph...this is a victory not only for a team of 11 players but also a victory for Cricket and a victory for a country who has been going through a lot politically....as Younis put rightly...Sports shouldn't be mixed with politics but its really heart breaking to see that it is being mixed together and its us, the Cricket lovers who suffer.....once again I would like to congratulate the Pakistan team and their people for their resolve......

  • true_cricket_fan on June 21, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Well done Younis. Your country will be proud of you. You chose the right moment for everything! Hats off

  • Partyman on June 21, 2009, 21:27 GMT

    I have always been a big fan of Younis Khan though I am not a Pakistani but British of Indian origin. I always believed that he was a capable leader of men, with a strong mind of his own who lead by example. His innings against India a few years back was awesome to watch and technically brilliant. Well done for leading his team to victory in difficult circumstances and I am sure he is the heir to the great Imran Khan. But his plea for teams to tour Pakistan is every bit irrational as much it is premature. Despite all poetic notions of cricket being a great healer in the media, it is anything but. Cricket is just a sport and cricketers are professionals not mercenaries. Given the fragile situation in Pakistan at the moment, no cricketer with a family to look after would take the risk of playing in Pakistan no matter of what for a while to come . Younis needs to appreciate that and ensure his team captures heart and mind of fans around the world when they are touring. Good luck Younis.

  • AashP on June 21, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    Well said Younis about Bob Woolmer.

  • Vibes1212 on June 21, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    Like you said yourself - keep politics away from Sports. You've won the world cup - Congratulations on that - but keep it to that. Dont try to turn it around and use the stage to make a "political" speech.

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  • Vibes1212 on June 21, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    Like you said yourself - keep politics away from Sports. You've won the world cup - Congratulations on that - but keep it to that. Dont try to turn it around and use the stage to make a "political" speech.

  • AashP on June 21, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    Well said Younis about Bob Woolmer.

  • Partyman on June 21, 2009, 21:27 GMT

    I have always been a big fan of Younis Khan though I am not a Pakistani but British of Indian origin. I always believed that he was a capable leader of men, with a strong mind of his own who lead by example. His innings against India a few years back was awesome to watch and technically brilliant. Well done for leading his team to victory in difficult circumstances and I am sure he is the heir to the great Imran Khan. But his plea for teams to tour Pakistan is every bit irrational as much it is premature. Despite all poetic notions of cricket being a great healer in the media, it is anything but. Cricket is just a sport and cricketers are professionals not mercenaries. Given the fragile situation in Pakistan at the moment, no cricketer with a family to look after would take the risk of playing in Pakistan no matter of what for a while to come . Younis needs to appreciate that and ensure his team captures heart and mind of fans around the world when they are touring. Good luck Younis.

  • true_cricket_fan on June 21, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Well done Younis. Your country will be proud of you. You chose the right moment for everything! Hats off

  • Wannabe on June 21, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan....u came out victorious among all odds, Younis is an unorthodox captian especially when u look at all the former Pakistani captains who were a bit serious and refuse to have a smile on their face,but he is fresh and honest with what he speaks...I also am very saddened with all the hate messages and blogs being written by my fellow Indians against Pakistans' triumph...this is a victory not only for a team of 11 players but also a victory for Cricket and a victory for a country who has been going through a lot politically....as Younis put rightly...Sports shouldn't be mixed with politics but its really heart breaking to see that it is being mixed together and its us, the Cricket lovers who suffer.....once again I would like to congratulate the Pakistan team and their people for their resolve......

  • Saad93 on June 21, 2009, 21:45 GMT

    We all love you younas! May you get success in every aspect of your life!

  • BEAT_THIS on June 21, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    being a indian,its nice to see a humble man dedicating this cup to his former coach.Even thou i was never a big fan of younis khan ,this act of his is wittness that he sure is a nice and perfect man to lead paki cricket to gr8 level.once again congrats to all paki supporters,ur team sure does deserves this cricket trophy.cheers,I m jus a cricket lover ,no boundrries for me when it come to a cricketer. :)

  • ibtehajnavyan on June 21, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    Younis Khan .. You have become the Hero of the Pakistani Nation .. We all salute you, for what you did for Pakistan today .. Thank you Younis Khan, Thank you so much :)

  • shahidmahmood on June 21, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    I think Younis retired rightly so, because now Pakistan can get another young player from their domestic teams.

  • Atif.Farid on June 22, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    Excellent words by Pakistan Captain. All teams must return to Pakistan for their share to humanity.